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Key questions on rheumatoid arthritis

Module summary
Dr Elspeth Wise, GP and member of the PCRS steering group; and consultant rheumatologist, Dr Pamela Peterson; answer questions from GP, Dr Jean Wong on patients with multiple small joint pains, blood tests for primary care and the significance of a raised rheumatoid factor.
Learning objectives

This module will offer the latest advice on diagnosing and managing rheumatoid arthritis, including:

  • Differentiating between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Recommendations, other than blood tests, for suspected rheumatoid arthritis
  • What to do when a patient will not be seen in secondary care for a few weeks
Author

Dr Elspeth Wise is a GP in South Shields and a member of the PCRS steering group

Dr Jean Wong is a GPSI in sports and musculoskeletal medicine at Loughborough

Dr Pamela Peterson is a consultant rheumatologist at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne

 

Production of these modules has been sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, but final decision on the content lay with the authors.

Date module published
07/07/2016
Module due for review
07/07/2018
Suggested number of CPD credits
Completing this module will earn you a certificate for a suggested
1.5 CPD hours
By showing evidence of impact you could double that to
3 CPD hours
What other GPs said after completing this module
very educating
Chukwuma Onwuka
24.05.2017.
useful
AnjuD Sankar
23.05.2017.
Good review.
SIMON MILLS
23.05.2017.
Excellent module, covering the important points for GPs, recognising symptoms and signs suggestive of RA.
Kate Jones
21.05.2017.
Good information. Had not considered giving steroid injections without being seen
Aman Dubb
19.05.2017.