Dr Rod Hughes outlines the epidemiology, aetiology, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. This review includes the latest advice on investigations and the role of early referral and treatment in halting disease progression.
After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
Recall key symptoms that suggest a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis
Initiate appropriate investigations in primary care
Prescribe DMARDs appropriately and refer to secondary care
Understand the role of biological therapy and its risk profile
List the factors that indicate a more severe disease state
Update author Dr Rod Hughes Consultant rheumatologist St Peter’s Hospital Chertsey, Surrey United Kingdom
Original author Dr Jeffrey Lee Consultant rheumatologist Barnet General Hospital London UK
Test authors Professor Ruth Chambers GP and honorary professor University of Staffordshire UK
Dr Lizzie Cottrell GP Stoke on Trent UK
This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 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. This activity is offered at no cost.
Hardware and Software Requirements
A computer with an internet connection
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