Systemic sclerosis in 2014: Advances in cohort enrichment shape future of trial design

Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2015 Feb;11(2):72-4. doi: 10.1038/nrrheum.2014.222. Epub 2015 Jan 6.


The treatment and study of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is entering a new era with the reporting and preparation of several randomized controlled trials according to an improved understanding of SSc pathogenesis. Advances in trial designs reported in 2014 should now be built upon with further improvements to patient selection to enable targeting of therapies to specific subgroups of patients with SSc.

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Selection
  • Precision Medicine
  • Research Design
  • Rheumatology / trends*
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / mortality
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / therapy*