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Paediatric rheumatology practice in the UK benchmarked against the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology/Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance Standards of Care for juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Helen Foster


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Objective. To describe current clinical practice against the BSPAR/ARMA Standards of Care (SOCs) for children and young people (CYP) with incident JIA.Methods. Ten UK paediatric rheumatology centres (including all current centres nationally accredited for paediatric rheumatology higher specialist training) participated in a retrospective case notes review using a pretested pro forma based on the SOC. Data collected per centre included clinical service configuration and the initial clinical care for a minimum of 30 consecutive new patients seen within the previous 2 years and followed up for at least 6 months.Results. A total of 428 CYP with JIA (median age 11 years, range 1-21 years) were included, with complete data available for 73% (311/428). Against the key SOCs, 41% (175/428) were assessed 10 weeks from symptom onset, 60% (186/311) 4 weeks from referral, 26% (81/311) had eye screening at 6 weeks, 83% (282/341) had joint injections at 6 weeks, 59% (184/311) were assessed by a nurse specialist at 4 weeks and 45% (141/311) were assessed by a physiotherapist at 8 weeks. A median of 6% of patients per centre participated in clinical trials. All centres had access to eye screening and prescribed biologic therapies. All had access to a nurse specialist and physiotherapist. Most had access to an occupational therapist (8/10), psychologist (8/10), joint injection lists (general anaesthesia/inhaled analgesia) (9/10) and designated transitional care clinics (7/10).Conclusion. This first description of UK clinical practice in paediatric rheumatology benchmarked against the BSPAR/ARMA SOCs demonstrates variable clinical service delivery. Considerable delay in access to specialist care is evident and this needs to be addressed in order to improve clinical outcomes.

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Author(s): Kavirayani A, Foster HE, British Soc Paediat Adolescent

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Rheumatology

Year: 2013

Volume: 52

Issue: 12

Pages: 2203-2207

Print publication date: 01/12/2013

Online publication date: 06/09/2013

Acceptance date: 28/06/2013

ISSN (print): 1462-0324

ISSN (electronic): 1462-0332

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/rheumatology/ket273


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