Table 4

 Cut off values of DAS28 and number of patients not fulfilling each individual ARA remission criterion

*DAS28 <2.32†DAS28 <2.6‡DAS28 <2.68
Results are shown as No (%).
*The cut off point corresponding to the ARA remission criteria in this study (all the five ARA remission must be fulfilled and fatigue excluded); †the generally accepted cut off point of DAS28 in remission and the cut off point of ARA remission in this study when modified ARA criteria are used (four of the five ARA remission criteria must be fulfilled and fatigue excluded); ‡the cut off point corresponding to the clinical remission criteria defined as no tender or swollen joints and normal ESR.
Patients (n)576672
Patients with tender joints
    28 Joint count5 (9)6 (9)7 (8)
    66 Joint count11 (19)15 (23)17 (24)
Patients with swollen joints
    28 Joint count4 (7)5 (8)5 (7)
    66 Joint count6 (11)6 (9)6 (8)
Patients with tender and swollen joints
    28 Joint count2 (4)2 (4)2 (3)
    66 Joint count4 (7)4 (6)4 (6)
Patients with raised ESR2 (4)3 (5)4 (6)
Patients with morning stiffness23 (40)25 (38)27 (38)
Patients with joint pain33 (58)38 (58)44 (61)