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Correspondence on "Testing different thresholds for patient global assessment in defining remission for rheumatoid arthritis: are the current ACR/EULAR Boolean criteria optimal?"
  1. Maarten Boers
  1. Epidemiology & Data Science, Amsterdam UMC Locatie VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Professor Maarten Boers, Epidemiology & Data Science, Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands; eds{at}

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I’m very happy to see that Studenic et al have validated the widely circulating suggestion1 2 to change the ACR/EULAR remission definition by raising the threshold for patient global assessment to 2 (on a 0–10 scale). This small but important change will lead to better alignment with the Simple Disease activity Index (SDAI) version of the definition, and less discomfort with users. Unfortunately, they did not pick up my suggestion to increase the …

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