Considerations and priorities for incorporating the patient perspective on remission in rheumatoid arthritis: An OMERACT 2020 special interest group report

Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2021 Oct;51(5):1108-1112. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2021.07.010. Epub 2021 Jul 11.


Objective: To determine how best to incorporate the patient perspective into rheumatoid arthritis remission criteria.

Methods: At OMERACT 2020, several studies, including a longitudinal multi-centre study testing the validity of adding patient-valued domains to the ACR/EULAR criteria, were presented and discussed by the virtual Special Interest Group.

Results: Overall consensus was that there is insufficient evidence to change the remission criteria at this point. Future work should focus on measurement of the new domain of independence, clarifying the value of the patient global assessment, and optimizing the input of domains that patients value in the criteria.

Conclusion: Incorporating the patient perspective into remission criteria should be further explored.

Keywords: Independence; OMERACT; Patient perspective; Patient-reported outcomes; Quality of life; Remission; Rheumatoid arthritis.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid* / drug therapy
  • Consensus
  • Humans
  • Public Opinion*
  • Remission Induction
  • Severity of Illness Index