Recognition of Axial Spondyloarthritis and Implications for Primary Care
Axial spondyloarthritis/ankylosing spondylitis (axSpA/AS) imparts a significant burden on patients and caretakers. It negatively affects not only patient well-being and quality of life but also productivity during the prime of patients’ working lives. PCPs at the frontlines of care for patients with back pain are ideally positioned to identify individuals who may be suffering from axSpA/AS. Identification relies on a thorough understanding of the disease and its characteristics in addition to a high index of suspicion. This education will help PCPs to shorten the delay between symptom presentation and diagnosis and to improve rates of referral to rheumatology for diagnostic evaluation and confirmation.
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Rheumatology Clinics
Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
Oregon Health & Science University
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Atul Deodhar, MD: Advisory Board for AbbVie; Amgen; Boehringer Ingelheim; Bristol Myers Squibb; Celgene; Eli Lilly; Galapagos; GlaxoSmithKline; Novartis; Pfizer; and UCB. Consultant for AbbVie; Amgen; Boehringer Ingelheim; Bristol Myers Squibb; Celgene; Eli Lilly; Galapagos; GlaxoSmithKline; Novartis; Pfizer; and UCB. Contracted Research for AbbVie; Eli Lilly; GlaxoSmithKline; Novartis; Pfizer; and UCB.
M.E. Beth Smith, DO, MCR, FACP: No relevant financial relationships disclosed.
Marina N. Magrey, MD (content developer/contributor): No relevant financial relationships disclosed.
Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP (moderator): No relevant financial relationships disclosed.
Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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