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Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis

Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis

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Time to Complete

0.5 hours


June 17, 2012


December 19, 2016

Programme Description

This article by Professor Rodger Charlton covers the diagnosis and management of polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include American College of Rheumatology criteria for a diagnosis, recommended corticosteroid therapy and potential side-effects of steroids.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Recognise patients with PMR and GCA and differentiate between the two
  • Understand the importance of making a timely diagnosis
  • Initiate appropriate management of GCA and PMR
  • Authors

    Activity author
    Professor Rodger Charlton
    GP and professor of undergraduate primary care education
    University of Leicester

    Test author
    Dr Elizabeth Cottrell
    Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice Specialty Training
    NHS North Staffordshire and Keele University


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required