Objective: To determine which cut-off point in the RA disease activity score (DAS28) corresponds to fulfilment of the ARA criteria for clinical remission.
Methods: The disease activity of patients included in the Nijmegen RA inception cohort was systematically assessed every 3 months. For all visits, a modification of the ARA preliminary criteria for clinical remission was applied and the DAS28 was calculated. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was used to determine the cut-off point with maximum sensitivity and specificity in DAS28 corresponding with fulfilment of the modified ARA criteria.
Results: Three hundred and seventy-eight patients contributed 4378 visits. In 6.5% of the visits four of the five items and in 1.5% all five items of the modified ARA criteria were fulfilled. The optimal cut-off point for the DAS28 that corresponds to fulfilment of the modified ARA criteria was determined to be 2.66.
Conclusion: DAS28 <2.6 corresponds to fulfilment of the preliminary ARA criteria for clinical remission in RA.