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We would like to thank Dr Boers for his critical comments on our study raised in his eLetter,1 and address his concerns regarding our manuscript.2
First, we would like to emphasise that we are in support of the statements in the guidelines issued by the American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism (ACR/EULAR) in early 2011,3 and acknowledge that the Disease Activity Score 28 erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28(ESR)) based definition of clinical remission (DAS28(ESR) <2.6) is less stringent than the simple disease activity index (SDAI)- and Boolean-based definitions.
However, our manuscript does not make any claims that DAS28(ESR)-based remission is reflective …