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Case-Based Learning

Inflammatory arthritis

Module summary

This interactive module will update you on diagnosis, referral and drug treatments for inflammatory arthritis, featuring advice from the latest guidelines. 

Learning objectives

To improve your understanding of:

  • The presenting features of inflammatory arthritis
  • How to diagnose joint inflammation and distinguish it from joint degeneration in OA
  • How to diagnose spondyloarthropathies
  • How to recognise inflammatory back pain
  • How to diagnose lupus

In this interactive module, you will learn as you work through real-life primary care patient scenarios. You will be assessed before starting the module and again at the end, to gauge how your knowledge has improved.

You don’t have to complete the whole module in one sitting. You can break off at any point mid-module and pick up again where you left off by pressing the Resume Module button alongside the module title in your Pulse-Learning CPD log.


Dr Louise Warburton GPSI in rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine in Telford. She has worked in the field of rheumatology for 20 years as a clinical assistant and now a GPSI. She was involved with the 2009 NICE guidelines on the management of rheumatoid arthritis and is now a guideline development group member for the NICE guidelines on spondyloarthritis

She is a trustee of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), and has also edited a textbook for the RCGP called Musculoskeletal Disorders in Primary Care as part of their curriculum series

Date module published
Module due for review
Suggested number of CPD credits
Completing this module will earn you a certificate for a suggested
2 CPD hours
By showing evidence of impact you could double that to
4 CPD hours
What other GPs said after completing this module
Alexander Mcfarlane
Will Nicolson
Abidhar Prasad
Sarah Douglass
Good outline on inflammatory arthropathies.