Mortality predictors among 263 patients with rheumatoid arthritis

J Paul Leigh, J. F. Fries

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A cohort of 263 patients who completed Health Assessment Questionnaires (HAQ) each year from 1981 to 1989 is examined. Forty-three (43) possible covariates measured in 1981 are considered that might help predict mortality over the 8 years of the study. We use univariate correlation coefficients, stepwise regressions, and survival functions to identify a number of covariates that appear useful for predicting survival: age (-), prednisone use (-), disability index (-), male sex (-), never married (-), penicillamine use (+), divorced (+), and no occupation (-). Our results confirm studies suggesting that the HAQ disability index is a useful prognosticator of length of survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1307-1312
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Arthritis
  • Disability
  • Employment
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Rheumatology


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