Optimizing the Management of Flares in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)


About this study

The purpose of this study is to determine how best to monitor for flares in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patient must be ≥ 18 years of age.
  • Patient must have been seen by a rheumatology health care provider at least two times within the last 18 months at Mayo Clinic Rochester.
  • Patient must have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) according to the 2010 ACR/EULAR classification criteria.
  • Patient must have the ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.
  • Patient must be willing to return to Mayo Clinic Rochester for follow-up appointments and fill out questionnaires as outlined in the study.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Eric Matteson, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

More information


  • Traditional outcome measures in randomized controlled trials (RCT) include well-established response criteria as well as ACR EULAR responses using Disease Activity Score 44 (DAS44)/DAS28 to assess improvement; however, a measure to assess worsening of disease has yet to be developed. This special interest group (SIG) was established to develop an evidence-based, consensus-driven standard definition of "flare" in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Read More on PubMed

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