Factors Associated With Sustained Remission in Rheumatoid Arthritis in Patients Treated With Anti–Tumor Necrosis Factor

Philip D H Hamann

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Objectives. Anti-tumour necrosis factor antibody (anti-TNF) has revolutionised the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and remission is now a realistic possibility for patients. Despite widespread use of anti-TNFs, predicting which patients are most likely to attain a sustained good response to these treatments remains challenging. Our objective was to undertake a systematic review of the literature to evaluate existing evidence fordemographicandclinicalfactorsassociatedwiththeachievement ofsustainedremissioninindividualswith RA treated with anti-TNF. Methods. EMBASE, MEDLINE and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register were searched along with studies identified from reference lists. Quality of studies was assessed using Newcastle-Ottawa criteria. Meta-analysis wasundertaken where unadjustedoddsratios wereavailableforthe samedemographic orclinicalfactorsfrom at leastthree studies. Results. Six studies were identified. Concomitant methotrexate use was associated with an increased likelihood of achieving sustained remission. Greater baseline disease activity, tender joint count, age, disease duration, baseline functional impairment and female gender were associated with reduced likelihood of achieving sustained remission. Conclusions. Factors predicting sustained remission are seldom reported. Evidence identified in this review supports current recommendations for methotrexate co-prescription and highlights the negative impact of Remission RA & Anti-TNF: Systematic Review particular clinical and demographic features on the likelihood of achieving optimal response to anti -TNF treatment. Sustained remission is clinically more relevant than point remission in RA. More widespread reporting of sustained remission will help clinicians set realistic expectations on likely long-term treatment efficacy and could be an important tool for identifying patients suitable for dose optimisation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)783 - 793
Number of pages10
JournalArthritis Care and Research
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2017


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