The Disease Activity Score and the EULAR response criteria

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2005 Sep-Oct;23(5 Suppl 39):S93-9.


In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), inflammatory activity cannot be measured using one single variable. For this reason the Disease Activity Score (DAS). has been developed. The DAS is a clinical index of RA disease activity that combines information from swollen joints, tender joints, the acute phase response and general health. The DAS-based European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) response criteria were developed to measure individual response in clinical trials. The EULAR response criteria classify individual patients as non-, moderate, or good responders, dependent on the extent of change and the level of disease activity reached.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid* / diagnosis
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid* / physiopathology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Joints / pathology
  • Joints / physiopathology
  • Prognosis
  • Remission Induction
  • Rheumatology / methods*
  • Severity of Illness Index*
  • Societies, Medical*
  • Treatment Outcome