Hand osteoarthritis information

This information leaflet has been co-produced by the Impact Accelerator Unit, Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, along with the Research Institute’s LINK group (Lay Involvement in Knowledge Mobilisation). It aims to support and supplement the Keele “Guide for People who have Osteoarthritis” – and is based on research evidence from the Keele University SMOOTH study. Continue reading

Health Matters- Productive Healthy Ageing – Musculoskeletal Health

This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action to support healthy productive later life with a specific reference to musculoskeletal Health. Continue reading

Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ)

The MSK-HQ is a short questionnaire that allows people with musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis or back pain) to report their symptoms and quality of life in a standardised way.

It was developed jointly by the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Sciences Research Centre at Keele University and the University of Oxford, co-produced with active participation and feedback from people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, clinicians and academics.

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Vitamin D and Bone Health: A Practical Clinical Guideline for Patient Management

Vitamin D and Bone Health: A Practical Clinical Guideline for Patient Management
This guideline was developed by a group of clinicians and scientists with expertise in vitamin D and osteoporosis. This is a clinical guideline intended to inform patient management.

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Primary Care Webinar – Bisphosphonates in primary care: starting, reviewing and stopping

Bisphosphonates in primary care: starting, reviewing and stopping

In this interactive webinar, the GP and rheumatologist presenters, acknowledging the multiplicity of guidance on osteoporosis management, present a pragmatic approach to risk assessment, treatment initiation, patient reviews, and drug ‘holidays’ or cessation. A reference flowchart and potential targets for audit is also provided.

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Primary Care Webinar: Vitamin D and Osteoporosis

Watch back this hour long webinar for Primary Care professionals for FREE. Presented by Dr Kevin Fernando, GP, this webinar covers:
1) Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for osteoporosis.
2) QFracture & FRAX for fracture risk assessment and who to refer for DXA.
3) Management of osteoporosis and prevention of fragility fractures using a
case study. Who to treat?
4) The role of calcium & vitamin D in bone health.
5) Multimorbidity, frailty, bisphosphonates and vitamin D.

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Osteoporosis Resources for Primary Care

A comprehensive online resource for primary health care teams as well as webinar training for primary care health professionals. ORPC is the one-stop place to access online information about early diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis as well as resources to use with your patients.

The Introduction, Identification, Investigation, Initiation and Information sections will guide you through developing an understanding of osteoporosis, its diagnosis and management.

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Coordinating a person-centred pathway to high quality care for people with rare autoimmune disorders

Primary Sjögren’s syndrome is associated with significant direct and indirect costs, and represent a significant impact upon the healthcare system.

Primary Sjögren’s syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease affecting up to 0.4% of the adult female population and leading to severe dryness of the mouth and eyes and often associated with disabling fatigue and systemic manifestations. Patients require input from multiple specialities and diagnosis is often delayed.

In this webinar we describe how we have set up a multidisciplinary clinic run by rheumatologists and attended by oral medicine and ophthalmology to streamline the diagnostic pathway and reduce frequency of visits. Key components are access to a slit lamp for eye examination, provision of a lip biopsy clinic, and standardised histopathological reporting following guidelines we have developed. Patients now have access to a focused, coordinated diagnostic service, coordinated care, and opportunities to participate in research.

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