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Table 5 Impact of RA on sexual activity by age group

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

  Patients Patients 50-60 Patients 60-70 Controls Controls 50-60 Controls 60-70
  Mean Mean Mean Mean Mean Mean
  Active Not active Active Not active Active Not active Active Not active Active Not active Active Not active
N 712 (62%) 425 226 (78%) 63 240 (60%) 163 48 (69%) 22 15 (75%) 5 15 (71%) 6
Age 59.1 67.9* 55.5 56.6 64.5 65.1 57.7 66.2* 53.1 54.8 63.7 63.2
HAQ 1.0 1.5* 1.0 1.30* 1.00 1.5* - - - - - -
Disease Activity 4.3 5.0* 4.4 4.9 4.1 5.0* - - - - - -
Pain 4.3 5.1* 4.4 4.6 4.1 5.0* - - - - - -
Global health 4.2 4.7* 3.3 3.6 3.9 4.7 3.3 4.2* 3.6 3.0 3.1 6.0*
Fatigue 5.3 6.0* 5.3 5.9* 4.8 6.0* 5.4 5.2 5.4 4.2 5.7 6.5*
Mood 3.9 4.6* 4.1 4.7 3.4 4.7* 3.6 4.7* 3.7 3.4 3.0 7.0*
Utility 0.61 0.49* 0.59 0.51 0.63 0.52* 0.74 0.45* 0.75 0.38 0.80 0.51*
Sexual satisfaction 5.4       5.9      
  1. *p < 0.01 not active/active within group.
  2. All VAS = 1(best)-10(worst); Utility 0(death)-1(full health); HAQ = Health Assessment Questionnaire.