Table 3.

Patient views of disease remission assessment, from a North American online discussion board.

How does the patient know that the disease is inactive?What is the doctor’s role in determining whether disease is inactive?
No pain (less pain, or tolerable pain)Joint examination (check for swelling, range of motion, warmth, redness)
Lack of stiffness (especially in morning)Blood tests
No swellingListen to patient report (ask about pain, emotions/how happy they look)
Can participate in activitiesVision examination (uveitis screen)
Better sleepPhysical examination: e.g., range of spine, gait
More energyImaging (magnetic resonance imaging)
More capable/independent, everything is easier