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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324149/-outpatient-care-and-disease-burden-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-of-a%C3%A2-linkage-of-claims-data-and-a%C3%A2-survey-of-insured-persons
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K Albrecht, A Luque Ramos, J Callhoff, F Hoffmann, K Minden, A Zink
BACKGROUND: Healthcare of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Germany has mainly been evaluated in the past in RA cohorts from specialized arthritis centers. This study investigated rheumatological care on a population basis, using claims data from a nationwide statutory health insurance fund (BARMER GEK) in combination with patient-reported outcomes from a questionnaire survey of insured persons with RA. METHODS: Data from insurants aged 18-79 years with M05 (seropositive RA) or M06 (other RA, ICD-10) diagnoses were analyzed concerning diagnostics, medication and prescribing physician...
March 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317249/getting-back-to-the-dissecting-room-an-evaluation-of-an-innovative-course-in-musculoskeletal-anatomy-for-uk-based-rheumatology-training
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Tim Blake, Debbi Marais, Andrew B Hassell, Kay Stevenson, Zoe Paskins
BACKGROUND: The rheumatologist relies heavily on clinical skills to diagnose diverse conditions, something that is correlated with one's knowledge of clinical anatomy. More recently, rheumatology has offered further career flexibility with opportunities to develop skills such as joint injection and musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound, both of which require a sound understanding of anatomy. Currently, there are no formal strategies to support competency-based anatomy learning in rheumatology in the UK...
March 20, 2017: Musculoskeletal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301793/advances-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#3
Graeme Jones, Peter Nash, Stephen Hall
There are now eight approved biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs), two biosimilars and one targeted synthetic DMARD in Australia with a number of new products and biosimilars in the pipeline. bDMARDs have excellent efficacy, especially when combined with traditional DMARDs, and a well characterised but manageable safety profile. These expanded therapeutic options have revolutionised patient care and made remission (including drug free remission) a realistic goal. Evidence of a "window of opportunity" that changes the long term phenotype of the disease has been well established, so therapy should be commenced as early as possible in the disease process and a shared care model between general practitioner and rheumatologist provides the best outcomes...
March 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298560/reliability-and-validity-of-the-tender-and-swollen-joint-counts-and-the-modified-rodnan-skin-score-in-early-diffuse-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-analysis-from-the-prospective-registry-of-early-systemic-sclerosis-cohort
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Jessica K Gordon, Gandikota Girish, Veronica J Berrocal, Meng Zhang, Christopher Hatzis, Shervin Assassi, Elana J Bernstein, Robyn T Domsic, Faye N Hant, Monique Hinchcliff, Elena Schiopu, Virginia D Steen, Tracy M Frech, Dinesh Khanna
OBJECTIVE: To determine the inter/intraobserver reliability of the tender and swollen joint counts (TJC, SJC) and the modified Rodnan Skin Score (mRSS) in diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc) and to assess content validity of the TJC/SJC. METHODS: Ten rheumatologists completed the SJC, TJC, and mRSS on 7 patients. Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) was performed. RESULTS: Interobserver and intraobserver reliability for the TJC was 0...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292303/sex-differences-in-gout-characteristics-tailoring-care-for-women-and-men
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Leslie R Harrold, Carol J Etzel, Allan Gibofsky, Joel M Kremer, Michael H Pillinger, Kenneth G Saag, Naomi Schlesinger, Robert Terkeltaub, Vanessa Cox, Jeffrey D Greenberg
BACKGROUND: To characterize the differences between women and men with gout. METHODS: We analyzed a US national cohort of gout patients cared for by rheumatologists. RESULTS: Compared with the 1012 men with gout, women with gout (n = 262) were older (71 vs. 61 years, p < 0.001) and had a greater burden of comorbid conditions (p < 0.001 for hypertension, diabetes, renal disease and obesity). Risk factors for gout differed with women more often taking diuretics (p < 0...
March 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286523/interobserver-agreement-in-magnetic-resonance-of-the-sacroiliac-joints-in-patients-with-spondyloarthritis
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Juan C Rueda, Sofia Arias-Correal, Andres Y Vasquez, Enrique Calvo, Paola Peña, Marlon Porras, Jose-Ignacio Angarita, Eugenia-Lucia Saldarriaga, Ana M Santos, John Londono
Background. Clinical, laboratory, and radiologic parameters are used for diagnosis and classification of spondyloarthritis (SpA). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of sacroiliac (SI) joints is being increasingly used to detect early sacroiliitis. We decided to evaluate the interobserver agreement in MRI findings of SI joints of SpA patients between a local radiologist, a rheumatologist, and an expert radiologist in musculoskeletal diseases. Methods. 66 MRI images of the SI joints of patients with established diagnosis of SpA were evaluated...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284772/development-of-a-checklist-for-patients-with-axial-spondyloarthritis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-in-daily-practice-only-tools-project
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Raquel Almodovar, Juan C Torre Alonso, Enrique Batlle, Concepción Castillo, Eduardo Collantes-Estevez, Eugenio de Miguel, Senén González, Jordi Gratacós, Azucena Hernández, Xavier Juanola, Luis F Linares, Manuel J Moreno, Mireia Moreno, Victoria Navarro-Compán, Carlos Rodríguez Lozano, Jesus Sanz, Agustí Sellas, Estíbaliz Loza, Pedro Zarco
OBJECTIVE: To standardize clinical evaluation of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) using a checklist. METHODS: Qualitative study that included: 1) nominal group (18 experts); 2) literature reviews of measures used in the assessment of patients with axial SpA or PsA; and 3) focus groups, one with rheumatologists and another with patients, organized to become familiar with their opinion on medical assistance. Taking this into account, the experts selected the measures to be included in the checklist based on their relevance, feasibility, and the outcome type...
March 8, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283891/the-potential-role-for-early-biomarker-testing-as-part-of-a-modern-multidisciplinary-approach-to-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Kenneth A Beckman, Jodi Luchs, Mark S Milner, Julian L Ambrus
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a chronic and progressive multisystem autoimmune disease typically managed by rheumatologists. Diagnostic delays are common, due in large part to the non-specific and variable nature of SS symptoms and the slow progression of disease. The hallmark characteristics of SS are dry eye and dry mouth, but there are a broad range of other possible symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, skin rashes, chronic dry cough, vaginal dryness, extremity numbness or tingling, and disabling fatigue...
March 10, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283515/comparison-of-mri-with-radiography-for-detecting-structural-lesions-of-the-sacroiliac-joint-using-ct-as-standard-of-reference-results-from-the-simact-study
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Torsten Diekhoff, Kay-Geert A Hermann, Juliane Greese, Carsten Schwenke, Denis Poddubnyy, Bernd Hamm, Joachim Sieper
OBJECTIVE: Radiographs of sacroiliac (SI) joints are used for the detection of structural damage in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), but are often difficult to interpret. Here, we address the question how the T1-weighted MRI (T1w MRI) sequence compares with radiography for SI joints' structural lesions using low-dose CT as the standard of reference. METHODS: Radiographs, T1w MRI and low-dose CT of the SI joints from 110 patients (mean age 36.1 (19-57) years, 52% males and 48% females; 53% with axSpA, 21 non-radiographic axSpA and 32% radiographic axSpA, 47% with non-SpA) referred to the rheumatologist because of unclear chronic back pain, but possible axSpA, were scored for structural lesions (erosions, sclerosis, joint space changes and an overall impression of positivity)...
March 10, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281459/using-a-modified-delphi-process-to-establish-clinical-consensus-for-the-diagnosis-risk-assessment-and-abatacept-treatment-in-patients-with-aggressive-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Roberto Caporali, Antonio Carletto, Fabrizio Conti, Salvatore D'Angelo, Rosario Foti, Elisa Gremese, Marcello Govoni, Florenzo Iannone, Raffaele Pellerito, Luigi Sinigaglia
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to formulate consensus statements for the identification of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who may benefit most from abatacept treatment, in order to clear up points related to its use in rheumatology. METHODS: Two rounds of a modified Delphi process were conducted. In the first round, a board of experts defined a list of consensus statements based on data derived from a non-systematic review on the use of abatacept in adult RA patients...
March 3, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280401/review-of-the-treatment-of-psoriatic-arthritis-with-biological-agents-choice-of-drug-for-initial-therapy-and-switch-therapy-for-non-responders
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REVIEW
Salvatore D'Angelo, Giuseppina Tramontano, Michele Gilio, Pietro Leccese, Ignazio Olivieri
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a heterogeneous chronic inflammatory disease with a broad clinical spectrum and variable course. It can involve musculoskeletal structures as well as skin, nails, eyes, and gut. The management of PsA has changed tremendously in the last decade, thanks to an earlier diagnosis, an advancement in pharmacological therapies, and a wider application of a multidisciplinary approach. The commercialization of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, etanercept, golimumab, and infliximab) as well as interleukin (IL)-12/23 (ustekinumab) and IL-17 (secukinumab) inhibitors is representative of a revolution in the treatment of PsA...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279841/european-multicentre-pilot-survey-to-assess-vitamin-d-status-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-and-early-development-of-a-new-patient-reported-outcome-questionnaire-d-pro
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REVIEW
Jelena Vojinovic, Angela Tincani, Alberto Sulli, Stefano Soldano, Laura Andreoli, Francesca Dall'Ara, Ruxandra Ionescu, Katarina Simic Pasalic, Inete Balcune, Ivan Ferraz-Amaro, Małgorzata Tlustochowicz, Irena Butrimiene, Egle Punceviciene, Natalia Toroptsova, Simeon Grazio, Jadranka Morovic-Vergles, Pavol Masaryk, Kati Otsa, Miguel Bernardes, Vladimira Boyadzhieva, Fausto Salaffi, Maurizio Cutolo
OBJECTIVE: To collect data on vitamin D (25(OH)D) serum levels in a large number of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from different European countries, to investigate their relation with disease activity, disability, quality of life, and possibly to construct a new Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) questionnaire in order to self-estimate if they are at risk for vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency-related clinical implications (D-PRO). METHODS: This was a European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) supported cross-sectional study (project No CLI064) which involved 625 RA patients (mean age 55±11 years, mean disease duration 11±9 years), 276 age and sex matched healthy subjects, and rheumatologists working in academic institutions or hospital centres, as well as PARE organizations (patient representatives) from 13 European countries...
March 6, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277255/recommendations-for-the-use-of-ultrasound-and-magnetic-resonance-in-patients-with-spondyloarthritis-including-psoriatic-arthritis-and-patients-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Jacqueline Uson, Estibaliz Loza, Ingrid Möller, Carlos Acebes, Jose Luis Andreu, Enrique Batlle, Ángel Bueno, Paz Collado, Juan Manuel Fernández-Gallardo, Carlos González, Mercedes Jiménez Palop, María Pilar Lisbona, Pilar Macarrón, Joan Maymó, Jose Antonio Narváez, Victoria Navarro-Compán, Jesús Sanz, M Piedad Rosario, Esther Vicente, Esperanza Naredo
OBJECTIVE: To develop evidence-based recommendations on the use of ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging in patients with spondyloarthritis, including psoriatic arthritis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. METHODS: Recommendations were generated following a nominal group technique. A panel of experts (15 rheumatologists and 3 radiologists) was established in the first panel meeting to define the scope and purpose of the consensus document, as well as chapters, potential recommendations and systematic literature reviews (we used and updated those from previous EULAR documents)...
October 27, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270202/rheumatology-in-africa-challenges-and-opportunities
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EDITORIAL
Girish M Mody
Africa faces many health challenges despite sustained growth and development over the past decade. Contributory factors are the lack of financial resources, an inadequate health professional workforce, a high burden of communicable diseases, and an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases. Rheumatology services are limited or non-existent in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past decade, partnerships with international academic institutions have resulted in some progress in the training of rheumatologists and health professionals and development of rheumatology services in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia...
March 7, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270192/epidemiology-and-disease-characteristics-of-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-results-from-a-real-life-screening-programme
#15
Kathleen Morrisroe, Wendy Stevens, Joanne Sahhar, Candice Rabusa, Mandana Nikpour, Susanna Proudman
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is the leading cause of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Annual screening with echocardiogram (ECHO) is recommended. We present the methodological aspects of a PAH screening programme in a large Australian SSc cohort, the epidemiology of SSc-PAH in this cohort, and an evaluation of factors influencing physician adherence to PAH screening guidelines. METHODS: Patient characteristics and results of PAH screening were determined in all patients enrolled in a SSc longitudinal cohort study...
March 7, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265847/can-rheumatologists-predict-eventual-need-for-orthopaedic-intervention-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-of-a-systematic-review-and-analysis-of-two-uk-inception-cohorts
#16
REVIEW
Elena Nikiphorou, Lewis Carpenter, Sam Norton, Stephen Morris, Alex MacGregor, Josh Dixey, Peter Williams, Patrick Kiely, David Andrew Walsh, Adam Young
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The structural damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can often be mitigated by orthopaedic surgery in late disease. This study evaluates the value of predictive factors for orthopaedic intervention. METHODS: A systematic review of literature was undertaken to identify papers describing predictive factors for orthopaedic surgery in RA. Manuscripts were selected if they met inclusion criteria of cohort study design, diagnosis of RA, follow-up duration/disease duration ≥3 years, any orthopaedic surgical interventions recorded, and then summarised for predictive factors...
March 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264816/eular-recommendations-for-the-management-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-synthetic-and-biological-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-2016-update
#17
Josef S Smolen, Robert Landewé, Johannes Bijlsma, Gerd Burmester, Katerina Chatzidionysiou, Maxime Dougados, Jackie Nam, Sofia Ramiro, Marieke Voshaar, Ronald van Vollenhoven, Daniel Aletaha, Martin Aringer, Maarten Boers, Chris D Buckley, Frank Buttgereit, Vivian Bykerk, Mario Cardiel, Bernard Combe, Maurizio Cutolo, Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings, Paul Emery, Axel Finckh, Cem Gabay, Juan Gomez-Reino, Laure Gossec, Jacques-Eric Gottenberg, Johanna M W Hazes, Tom Huizinga, Meghna Jani, Dmitry Karateev, Marios Kouloumas, Tore Kvien, Zhanguo Li, Xavier Mariette, Iain McInnes, Eduardo Mysler, Peter Nash, Karel Pavelka, Gyula Poór, Christophe Richez, Piet van Riel, Andrea Rubbert-Roth, Kenneth Saag, Jose da Silva, Tanja Stamm, Tsutomu Takeuchi, René Westhovens, Maarten de Wit, Désirée van der Heijde
Recent insights in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) necessitated updating the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) RA management recommendations. A large international Task Force based decisions on evidence from 3 systematic literature reviews, developing 4 overarching principles and 12 recommendations (vs 3 and 14, respectively, in 2013). The recommendations address conventional synthetic (cs) disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) (methotrexate (MTX), leflunomide, sulfasalazine); glucocorticoids (GC); biological (b) DMARDs (tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-inhibitors (adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, etanercept, golimumab, infliximab), abatacept, rituximab, tocilizumab, clazakizumab, sarilumab and sirukumab and biosimilar (bs) DMARDs) and targeted synthetic (ts) DMARDs (Janus kinase (Jak) inhibitors tofacitinib, baricitinib)...
March 6, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261976/prevalence-of-co-morbidities-and-evaluation-of-their-monitoring-in-korean-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-comparison-with-the-results-of-an-international-cross-sectional-study-comora
#18
In Ah Choi, Sung Hwan Park, Hoon-Suk Cha, Won Park, Hyun Ah Kim, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Han Joo Baek, Seong Geun Lee, Yoon Jong Lee, Yong Bum Park, Seung-Cheol Shim, Ihsane Hmamouchi, Yeong Wook Song
AIM: We designed this study to evaluate the prevalence of comorbidities, their monitoring states and association with treatment medication in Korean rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients compared with patients from other countries. METHODS: We analyzed 1050 RA patients from 11 Korean centers and compared them with 3520 patients from 16 other countries using an international, cross-sectional study evaluating comorbidities of RA (COMORA) database. RESULTS: Annual evaluations of cardiovascular (CV) risk were less frequently performed in Korea (P = 0...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258474/impact-of-ultrasonography-on-treatment-decision-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-impulsar-study
#19
Cèsar Díaz-Torné, Carme Moragues, Elide Toniolo, Carme Geli, Iván Castellví, Patricia Moya, Ignasi Gich, Josep M Llobet
Ultrasonography (US) has shown to be more sensitive than physical examination for diagnosis and assessment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is also a useful approach for accurate monitoring and intensive treatment adjustment. However, there is limited information concerning the impact of US on therapeutic decision-making in routine daily practice. A single-center cross-sectional study in routine daily practice was conducted to determine the percentage of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in which treatment decision was modified on the basis of results of musculoskeletal ultrasonography...
March 3, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254788/standardisation-of-labial-salivary-gland-biopsies-in-sjogren-s-syndrome-importance-for-the-practicing-rheumatologist
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EDITORIAL
Robert I Fox
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March 2, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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