Development and validation of the european league against rheumatism response criteria for rheumatoid arthritis: Comparison with the preliminary american college of rheumatology and the world health organization/international league against rheumatism criteria



Objective. To validate the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and the World Health Organization (WHO)/International League Against Rheumatism (ILAR) response criteria for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Methods. EULAR response criteria were developed combining change from baseline and level of disease activity attained during followup. In a trial comparing hydroxychloroquine and sulfasalazine, we studied construct (radiographic progression), criterion (functional capacity), and discriminant validity.

Results. EULAR response criteria had good construct, criterion, and discriminant validity. ACR and WHO/ILAR criteria showed only good criterion validity.

Conclusion. EULAR response criteria showed better construct and discriminant validity than did the ACR and the WHO/ILAR response criteria for RA.