With recent advances in therapy, the proportion of patients achieving a satisfactory state of minimal disease activity (MDA) is becoming a more important measure with which to compare different treatment strategies. MDA is between high disease activity and remission and anyone in remission will also be in MDA. This paper summarizes the process of coming to a definition of minimal disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis. Two equivalent preliminary definitions of minimal disease activity for use as secondary outcome measures in clinical trials in RA are proposed: a core-set definition based on the WHO/ILAR core set and a DAS-based definition based on the DAS28.
|Journal||Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology|
|Issue number||6 SUPPL. 43|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2006|
- Low disease activity state
- Minimal disease activity
- Rheumatoid arthritis