Table 3

Number (%) of patients in remission according to different definitions

PDN ≤5 mg/dayPGA <0.5cSLEDAI=0PGA <0.5 plus
PDN ≤5 mg/day
cSLEDAI=0 plus
PGA <0.5
cSLEDAI=0 plus
PDN ≤5 mg/day
cSLEDAI=0 plus
PDN ≤5 mg/day plus PGA <0.5
Unremitted patients73 (11.3)164 (25.4)98 (15.2)194 (30.0)170 (26.3)147 (22.8)199 (30.8)
At least 1 year remission573 (88.7)482 (74.6)548 (84.8)452 (70.0)476 (73.7)499 (77.2)447 (69.2)
At least 2 years remission512 (79.3)377 (58.4)456 (70.6)352 (54.5)369 (57.1)409 (63.2)346 (53.6)
At least 3 years remission425 (65.8)264 (40.9)327 (50.6)248 (38.4)254 (39.3)294 (45.5)243 (37.6)
At least 4 years remission345 (53.4)173 (26.8)250 (38.7)166 (25.7)167 (25.9)220 (34.1)161 (24.9)
5 years remission222 (34.4)84 (13.0)119 (18.4)81 (12.5)82 (12.7)107 (16.6)80 (12.4)
  • cSLEDAI, clinical SLE Disease Activity Index 2000; PDN, prednisone equivalent; PGA, physician global assessment; SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus.