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Table 3 Disease activity and physical performance tests measured at baseline (T0), end of intervention (T1), and 12 weeks follow-up (T2) (n = 13)

From: Exploring Tai Chi in rheumatoid arthritis: a quantitative and qualitative study

  T0 T1 p-value (T0-T1) T2 p-value (T0-T2)
Disease activity      
DAS28 4.7 (2.2-6.7) 4.1 (1.1 - 6.0) 0.04 4.7 (0.8-6.5) 0.24
No. swollen joints (0-28) 11 (2 - 20) 7 (0 - 17) 0.01 5 (0 - 14) 0.02
No. tender joints (0-28) 8 (1 - 29) 4 (0 - 22) 0.22 9 (0 - 20) 0.40
Patient global assessment (0-100) 31 (1 - 51) 21 (1 - 45) 0.67 43 (6 - 61) 0.39
Doctor global assessment (0-100) 32 (19 - 72) 26 (3 -57) 0.08 34 (0 - 55) 0.42
Physical performance test      
Figure-of-Eight balance 2.5 (0 - 12) 4 (0-11) 0.24 2.5 (0 - 10) 0.88
Timed-Stands Test (sec) 23 (13 - 34) 15 (10 - 26) 0.01 16 (10 - 28) < 0.01
Shoulder Movement Impact Scale (0-60) 59 (46 - 60) 59 (46 - 60) 0.10 59 (41 - 60) 0.08
Pain during SMIS (0-100) 8 (0 - 34) 4 (0 - 22) 0.06 10 (0 -19) 0.70
  1. Values are median (range)
  2. DAS28 = Disease activity score