Quality care defined for axial spondlyoarthritis

Nine standards agreed upon after consultation with task force

Quality standards to improve the care of adults with axial spondyloarthritis have been released by the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS).

checklist being ticked off

A task force of 20 rheumatologists, two physiotherapists and two patients selected and proposed potential key areas for quality improvement, which were evaluated and commented on by ASAS members and patients.

Five key areas emerged as most important: referral including rapid access, rheumatology assessment, treatment, education/self-management and