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