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Highly Accessed Editorial

Nothing lasts forever - a critical look at sustained remission

Daniel Aletaha

Author Affiliations

Division of Rheumatology, Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Arthritis Research & Therapy 2012, 14:116  doi:10.1186/ar3795


See related research by Prince et al., http://arthritis-research.com/content/14/2/R68

Published: 9 May 2012

Abstract

Remission is key to prevent progression of rheumatoid arthritis, but it is still rarely seen in clinical practice, not to speak of sustained remission, which is the best possible disease outcome of rheumatoid arthritis. New strategies and recommendations focus on achievement of remission, but it is unclear how long remission can actually be maintained in clinical practice. A study by Prince and colleagues gives insights into this question, and raises some other questions for the future.