The British Society for Rheumatology’s Choosing Wisely UK Recommendations

Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative which aims to reduce unnecessary tests and treatment by promoting shared decision-making conversations between patients and their healthcare professionals. The British Society for Rheumatology’s (BSR) recommendations were developed in partnership with patients, nurses, and primary and secondary care clinicians. Continue reading

RCGP e-learning module on axial spondyloarthritis

This course aims to educate GPs about Axial Spondyloarthritis (SpA). The first session will cover the presentation, including which clinical features in patients with back pain should raise suspicion of SpA. A case study will illustrate key features in the history and examination, how to investigate in primary care and the criteria for referral to secondary care. The second session discusses management and the wider impact of SpA, including effects on employment. Co-authored by BRITSpA and NASS.

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Services for spondyloarthritis: a survey of patients and rheumatologists

An online patient survey was emailed to all members of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society and advertised widely via social media. Separately, a Web-based questionnaire about axSpA services was sent to rheumatologists at all 172 acute hospital trusts in the UK.

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