Table 5.

Predictors of early inflammatory arthritis.

VariableOR95% CIp
1. Duration less than 12 mos6.163.21–11.84< 0.001
2. Patient-reported joint swelling3.801.70–8.540.001
3. Referring physician classifies diagnosis as inflammatory2.481.10–5.610.0293
4. Referring physician reported referral as urgent2.211.23–3.960.008
5. Positive RF1.881.01–3.480.046
6. Morning stiffness > 60 min1.791.02–3.140.044
7. Patient > 60 yrs of age*0.250.07–0.930.038
8. Patient previously assessed by a rheumatologist*0.240.10–0.550.001
  • * Protective, less likelihood of early inflammatory arthritis. RF: rheumatoid factor.