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Table 4 Impact of RA on personal and intimate (sexual) relationships

From: Rheumatoid arthritis and sexuality: A patient survey in France

  Impact of RA
  Emotional relationships Intimate relationships
  Mean Mean
  RA negative RA no effect RA negative RA no effect
N 763 354 834 270
Age 61.0* 65.2 60.8* 66.6
HAQ 1.3* 1.0 1.3* 0.9
Fatigue (VAS) 5.8* 4.9 5.8* 4.9
Pain (VAS) 4.7 4.2 4.7 4.2
Disease Activity (VAS) 4.9* 3.9 4.8* 3.9
Mood (VAS) 4.5* 3.3 4.3* 3.4
Utility 0.605* 0.647 0.592* 0.511
  1. *p < 0.01 negative effect/no effect.
  2. All VAS = 1(best)-10(worst); Utility 0(death)-1(full health); HAQ = Health Assessment Questionnaire.