Table 2.

Spearman’s correlation of patient global assessment of disease activity with clinical variables. Bold type indicates strong associations.

CharacteristicSpearman’s rho
Age0.03
Duration of illness−0.008
Tender joint count0.34**
Swollen joint count0.15
Damaged joint count0.10
Dactylitis0.03
MASES0.19*
ESR0.23**
Duration of morning stiffness0.26**
DAS280.50**
Pain0.54**
MDGA0.29**
HAQ0.54**
PASI0.24**
SF-36 PCS−0.49**
SF-36 MCS−0.47**
  • * p < 0.05;

  • ** p < 0.01. SF-36 PCS: norm-based physical component summary score of Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36; SF-36 MCS: norm-based mental component summary score of SF-36. Other definitions as in Table 1.