In a prospective follow-up study of patients with early-onset rheumatoid arthritis, the prevalence of remission according to the 1981 American Rheumatism Association (ARA) preliminary criteria was evaluated.
A total of 227 patients with a median follow-up of 3.9 yr and a total of 2832 follow-up visits were studied.
The ARA remission criteria were fulfilled in 9.5% of these visits.
The percentage of patients with at least one visit fulfilling the ARA criteria was for years 2-6 ~25%. Each year, ~15% of the patients were in remission for at least two consecutive visits.
A comparison was made between the ARA remission criteria and the Disease Activity Score (DAS).
DAS<1.6 corresponded with being in remission according to the ARA criteria.
The DAS is being proposed as a tool to define remission because absence of disease activity should be measured using the same method as for higher levels of disease activity, preferably on a continuous scale.
Mots-clés Pascal : Polyarthrite rhumatoïde, Homme, Méthode mesure, Rémission, Echelle évaluation, Critère décision, Epidémiologie, Stade précoce, Evolutivité, Indice gravité, Chronique, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rhumatisme inflammatoire, Immunopathologie, Maladie autoimmune
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Rheumatoid arthritis, Human, Measurement method, Remission, Evaluation scale, Decision criterion, Epidemiology, Early stage, Evolutivity, Severity score, Chronic, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Inflammatory joint disease, Immunopathology, Autoimmune disease
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Cote : 97-0017367
Code Inist : 002B15D. Création : 21/05/1997.