Joint Pain Advisor

Chronic joint pain accounts for around 1 in 5 primary care consultations. GPs feel overwhelmed and are concerned that they don’t have the time or the skills to give people adequate information or advice.

To improve access to better management London Health Innovation Network has introduced Joint Pain Advisors into six primary care surgeries. Their role is to give people simple information, advice about self-management strategies, constructed personalised care plans and use behavioural change techniques to help people adopt healthier lifestyles.

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Physiotherapy works: Chronic pain

Evidence briefing for physiotherapy for chronic pain

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Physiotherapy works: Fitness for work

Evidence briefing for physiotherapy for fitness for work

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NICE Guideline for Spondyloarthritis [NG65]

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing spondyloarthritis that is suspected or confirmed in adults who are 16 years or older. It aims to raise awareness of the features of spondyloarthritis and provide clear advice on what action to take when people with signs and symptoms first present in healthcare settings. It also provides advice on the range of treatments available.

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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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