Warburton, L, Hider, SL, Mallen, CD and Scott, IC (2019) Suspected very early inflammatory rheumatic diseases in primary care. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol, 33 (4). 101419 - ?.

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As primary care clinicians are typically the first point of contact for patients with musculoskeletal problems, they are crucial to the early diagnosis and treatment of patients with an incident inflammatory arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis. Current UK and international guidelines recognise this, recommending the prompt referral of patients with suspected persistent synovitis to secondary care. In England and Wales, this is advised to occur within 3 working days. However, recent audit data suggests this recommendation is infrequently met, with some patients waiting many months for referral. In this review article we will discuss the various challenges to achieving the early referral of patients with a new-onset inflammatory arthritis from primary to secondary care. We will also describe how these challenges could potentially be overcome, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the right patients are referred to the right services, and at the right time.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: arthritis rheumatoid; primary health care
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC927 Rheumatism
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 12:12
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 12:12
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/12569

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