British Society for Rheumatology and British Health Professionals in Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis (the first two years)

R. Luqmani, S. Hennell, C. Estrach, F. Birrell, A. Bosworth, G. Davenport, C. Fokke, N. Goodson, P. Jeffreson, E. Lamb, R. Mohammed, S. Oliver, Z. Stableford, D. Walsh, C. Washbrook, F. Webb

This article is a short summary of the newly published British Society for Rheumatology and British Health Professionals in Rheumatology Guideline for the management of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).  It provides practical evidence-based advice on recommended interventions in RA and the objective is to provide a framework of care for managing RA, including control of synovitis, symptom control, self-management, physical functioning, psychosocial functioning and screening/monitoring. The primary target of this guidance is health professionals and managers; however, it is also relevant to patients with RA. The current guideline does not include psoriatic arthritis, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or biological therapy in RA because these areas are described in separate British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) guidelines.

Rheumatology 2006 45(9):1167-1169

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