Inflammatory arthritis toolkit

Source:
Royal College of General Practitioners - RCGP
Publisher:
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP);British Society for Rheumatology (BSR)
Publication date:
30 November 2017

Abstract

Inflammatory arthritis represents a group of diseases which includes rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral & axial spondyloarthritis and psoriatic arthritis. These diseases are characterised by dysfunction of the immune system, and inflammation within joints, tendons or ligaments. 

There is a need to improve the healthcare of people with inflammatory arthritis, particularly reducing delays in recognition and referral. Delays in diagnosis can cause patients more symptoms, result in disease which is more difficult to treat, and increase the risk of disability and inability to work.

This toolkit aims to be a user-friendly guide to inflammatory arthritis for primary care professionals, people affected by arthritis and clinical commissioning groups.