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Table 1 Informant characteristics at baseline

From: Patients’ confidence in coping with arthritis after nurse-led education; a qualitative study

Characteristics IG (N = 15) CG (N = 11)
Gender
 Females 12 10
 Males 3 1
Age
 Mean age in yrs. (range) 58 (38–77) 58 (36–77)
Living status
 Living alone 1 1
 Living with a partner 14 10
 Children living at home 3 0
Employment status
 Employed 1 4
 On disability benefits 11 4
 Old-age pensioner 3 3
Diagnosis
 RA 9 10
 PsA 4 1
 UA 2 0
Disease characteristics
 Mean DAS28-3 3.2 3.1
 Mean disease duration yrs. (range) 9 (1–19) 10 (2–23)
 Using DMARDs 11 8
 Using NSAIDs 4 2
Coping
 SE-other symptoms 66 74
 SE-pain 56 66
 PAM 73 70
  1. RA Rheumatoid arthritis, PsA Psoriatic arthritis, UA Unspecified polyarthritis, DAS28-3 disease activity score, calculated by C-reactive protein (CRP) and a 28 joint count (number of swollen and tender joints) [32, 33]. DMARD disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs, NSAID non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, SE-other symptoms self-efficacy other symptoms [34, 35], SE-pain self-efficacy pain [34, 35] and PAM patient activation measure [36, 37]