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Rheumatoid arthritis: clinical review

Rheumatoid arthritis: clinical review


Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


April 28, 2016


January 13, 2017
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Programme Description

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.

Educational Objectives

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
  • Author

    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

    Test authors
    Professor Ruth Chambers
    GP and honorary professor
    University of Staffordshire

    Dr Lizzie Cottrell
    Stoke on Trent


    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.


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