Table 4

Comparison of SF-36 Scores with alcohol use (number of patients = 946).

SF-36a

Alcohol consumption levelb

P-value

Adjusted P-valuec


None

(n = 546)

Low

(n = 338)

Moderate

(n = 31)

Heavy

(n = 31)


Physical functioning

35.5 (21.5)

42.4 (22.4)

51.1 (23.2)

51.5 (22.9)

<0.001

<0.001

Role-physical

7.0 (17.5)

9.5 (21.1)

11.3 (24.9)

8.1 (20.8)

0.18

0.32

Pain index

23.0 (14.5)

27.2 (14.9)

32.5 (12.9)

30.4 (15.1)

<0.001

0.002

General health perceptions

35.7 (20.0)

41.1 (21.0)

43.5 (18.2)

43.0 (23.6)

<0.001

0.02

Vitality

16.3 (15.6)

18.9 (17.0)

19.7 (17.0)

23.7 (15.8)

0.01

0.33

Social functioning

36.4 (25.0)

42.1 (24.3)

47.6 (24.5)

46.0 (25.9)

<0.001

0.02

Role-emotional

45.0 (42.9)

48.9 (42.7)

45.2 (41.8)

46.2 (41.9)

0.62

0.91

Mental health index

55.5 (22.1)

58.4 (20.0)

60.8 (20.0)

59.9 (18.9)

0.13

0.51

Physical component summary

25.6 (7.1)

27.9 (7.8)

30.6 (8.1)

30.1 (9.0)

<0.001

<0.001

Mental component summary

39.4 (12.0)

40.6 (11.4)

40.4 (11.0)

40.7 (12.4)

0.49

0.76


SF-36, Short Form-36 Health Survey. aAll values are reported as mean (SD). bAlcohol consumption levels were defined as follows: none, 0 drinks/wk; low, ≤3 drinks/wk; moderate, >3 to 7 drinks/wk; heavy, >7 drinks/wk. cAfter adjusting for age, employment status, education level, body mass index and opioid use.

Kim et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2013 15:R42   doi:10.1186/ar4200

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