Table 1.

Characteristics of the 19 patients participating in the focus groups.

PatientSex, Age, yrsDisease Duration, yrs (diagnosis)Highest EducationEmploymentPeripheral ArthritisAS-related ComorbidityTNF Inhibitor
1F 6011Primary schoolHousewifeYesNoNo
2M 3817Middle vocationalFulltime self-employed (salesman)NoNoYes
3F 318Higher vocationalFulltime (waitress)NoYesYes
4M 364Higher vocationalFulltime (clerk)NoNoYes
5M 5434UniversityWork disabled (self-employed dentist)NoNoYes
6M 528Middle vocationalFulltime self-employed (manager)NoNoNo
7M 6830Higher vocationalRetired (miner)YesYesNo
8M 6536Higher vocationalRetired (manager)NoYesYes
9F 5212Higher vocationalPart-time self-employed (beautician)YesNoYes
10F 4815Secondary schoolPart-time employed (clerk)NoYesYes
11M 5618Middle vocationalSelf-employed (café owner)NoNoYes
12M 6432Higher vocationalRetired age (chemist)NoNoNo
13F 694Higher vocationalHousewifeYesNoYes
14M 6818Lower vocationalWork disabled/retiredNoNoYes
15M 4918Lower vocationalFulltime employed (farmer)NoYesYes
16M 4916Lower vocationalWork disabledYesNoNo
17M 5925Middle vocationalSelf-employed (farmer)YesNoNo
18M 6920Higher vocationalEarly retired because of AS (banker)NoNoNo
19M 4630UniversityFulltime employed (medical doctor)NoYesYes
  • TNF: tumor necrosis factor therapy.