Table 1.

Baseline demographics based on grade at consultation (%).

CharacteristicsOverall, n = 696Urgent, n = 210Non-urgent, n = 486EIA, n = 95Non-EIA, n = 601
Age, yrs< 2034 (4.9)12 (5.7)22 (4.5)6 (6.3)28 (4.8)
20–40137 (19.7)42 (20)95 (19.5)20 (21.1)117 (19.4)
41–60310 (44.5)96 (45.7)214 (44)42 (44.2)268 (44.6)
> 60215 (30.9)60 (28.6)155 (32)27 (28.4)188 (31.2)
SexFemale475 (68.2)129 (61.4)346 (71.2)50 (52.6)425 (70.7)
Male221 (31.8)81 (38.6)140 (28.8)45 (47.4)176 (29.3)
Duration, mos> 12423 (60.8)102 (48.6)321 (66)17 (17.9)406 (67.6)
< 12273 (39.2)108 (51.4)165 (34)78 (82.1)195 (32.4)
Morning stiffness, min> 60313 (45.0)106 (50.5)207 (42.6)55 (57.9)258 (42.9)
< 60383 (55.0)104 (49.5)279 (57.4)40 (42.1)343 (57.1)
Prior rheumatologic assessmentYes224 (32.2)76 (36.2)148 (30.5)8 (8.4)216 (35.9)
No449 (64.5)128 (61.0)321 (66.0)85 (89.5)364 (60.6)
Not sure23 (3.3)6 (2.9)17 (3.5)2 (2.1)21 (3.5)
Patient reports swollen jointsYes439 (63.1)160 (76.2)279 (57.4)82 (86.3)357 (59.4)
No171(24.6)28 (13.3)143 (29.4)4 (4.2)167 (27.8)
Not sure86 (12.4)22 (10.5)64 (13.2)9 (9.5)77 (12.8)
Referring physician reports swollen jointsYes341 (49.0)138 (65.7)203 (41.8)73 (76.8)268 (44.6)
No255 (36.6)42 (20.0)213 (43.8)10 (10.5)245 (40.8)
Not sure100 (14.4)30 (14.3)70 (14.4)12 (12.6)88 (14.6)
Difficulty with simple ADLYes435 (62.5)150 (71.4)285 (58.6)72 (75.8)363 (60.4)
No261 (37.5)60 (28.6)201 (41.4)23 (24.2)238 (39.6)
Missed or stopped workingYes279 (40.1)94 (44.8)185 (38.1)39 (41.1)240 (39.9)
No417 (59.9)116 (55.2)301 (61.9)56 (58.9)361 (60.1)
Personal or family history of psoriasisYes123 (17.7)47 (22.4)76 (15.6)21 (22.1)102 (17.0)
No573 (82.3)163 (77.6)410 (84.4)74 (77.9)499 (83.0)
Strong family history of RAYes262 (37.6)68 (32.4)194 (39.9)32 (33.7)230 (38.3)
No434 (62.4)142 (67.6)292 (60.1)63 (66.3)371 (61.7)
ESRElevated192 (27.6)90 (42.9)102 (21.0)47 (49.5)145 (24.1)
Normal or no blood work504 (72.4)120 (57.1)384 (79.0)48 (50.5)456 (75.9)
CRPElevated138 (19.8)73 (34.8)65 (13.4)40 (42.1)98 (16.3)
Normal or no blood work551 (79.2)137 (65.2)421 (86.6)55 (57.9)503 (83.7)
RFPositive156 (22.4)81 (38.6)75 (15.4)39 (41.1)117 (19.5)
Negative or no blood work540 (77.6)129 (61.4)411 (84.6)56 (58.9)484 (80.5)
ANAPositive168 (24.1)65 (31.0)103 (21.2)29 (30.5)139 (23.1)
Negative or no blood work528 (75.9)145 (69.0)383 (78.8)66 (69.5)462 (76.9)
  • ADL: activities of daily life; RA: rheumatoid arthritis; ESR: erythrocyte sedimentation rate; CRP: C-reactive protein; RF: rheumatoid factor; ANA: antinuclear antibody.