Glucocorticoids in rheumatoid arthritis: a senescent research agenda on the brink of rejuvenation?

Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2004 Feb;18(1):21-9. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2003.10.002.


Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with glucocorticoids remains controversial despite a considerable and growing body of evidence. This chapter focuses on the research agenda in urgent need of execution: to define conclusively the benefit/harm trade-offs and pin down the place of these agents in the treatment cascade.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Glucocorticoids / adverse effects*
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Research Design*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Glucocorticoids