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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants (N = 54)

From: The financial burden of juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a Nova Scotia experience

Age (years) (median, range)   14 (5,20)
Gender (Female: Male)   32 (59%):22 (41%)
JIA Category   
  Oligoarticular-persistent 13 (24%)
  Oligoarticular-extended 8 (15%)
  Polyarticular, RF negative 8 (15%)
  Polyarticular, RF positive 1 (2 %)
  Systemic 7 (13%)
  Enthesitis-related 8 (15%)
  Psoriatic 7 (13%)
  Undifferentiated 2 (4%)
Current Medications (N = 53)   
  No medications 14 (26%)
  NSAIDs 30 (57%)
  DMARDs 26 (49%)
  Corticosteroids 1 (2%)
  Biologics 7 (13%)
Distance from IWK Health Centre (km) (median, range) (N = 39)   35 (4, 500)
Greater than/equal to 100 km N (%)   30 (77%)
Driving time to IWK Health Centre (min) (median, range) (N = 54)   47.5 (15, 300)
Greater than/equal to 60 minutes N (%)   26 (48%)
Gross Family income (median, range)   $70000 ($2500, $175000)
Supplemental Health Insurance (N = 53)   
  Employer Plan 21 (40%)
  Personal Private 26 (49%)
  Social Assistance 1 (2%)
  None 5 (9%)
Perceived Financial Burden (N = 53)   
  Large 1 (2%)
  Moderate 18 (34.0%)
  Minimal 24 (45.3%)
  None 10 (18.9%)
Perceived Availability of Resources (N = 50)   
  Excellent 8 (16%)
  Good 14 (28%)
  Fair 10 (20%)
  Poor 18 (36%)
  1. JIA, juvenile idiopathic arthritis; IWK, Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre.