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Inflammatory arthritis


The inflammatory arthropathies affect both young and old and are immune modulated diseases. The three main conditions are rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) which also encompasses ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Early diagnosis and effective treatment is very important in order to maintain physical function and prevent deformity and further systemic complications to the patient. NICE and SIGN have published a number of guidance documents, along with technology appraisals, to ensure patients are treated appropriately.

This resource, consisting of nine assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of the treatment of inflammatory arthritis based on national guidance. Complete the resource, including some or all of the reflective activities, to obtain a certificate of completion of continuing professional development to include in your revalidation portfolio. Record the time spend on this resource in your CPD log.

On completion of this resource you should have an understanding of:

  • The role of medication in controlling various types of inflammatory arthritis
  • The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in patients with inflammatory arthritis
  • The importance of effective and ongoing monitoring to assess and optimise the impact of interventions

Reading list

Oxford Handbook of Musculoskeletal Nursing, Oliver S (ed) OUP, 2009, ISBN 9780199238330

NICE CG79 Rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management 2009

BSR and BHPR guideline for the treatment of axial spondyloarthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis) with biologics, Hamilton L, et al Rheumatology 2016 56 (2) 313-316

Practice Nurse featured articles

Psoriatic arthritis: a case for shared care  Kate Gadsby and Trish Cornell

Inflammatory arthritis: Part 2 – Axial Spondyloarthritis Kate Gadsby and Trish Cornell

Rheumatoid arthritis Kate Gadsby and Trish Cornell (in press).