Back in Focus – Axial spondyloarthritis Useful Links
Below is a list of websites that may be of interest to healthcare professionals interested in the management of axial SpA (including ankylosing spondylitis).
Rheumatology or Spondyloarthritis Societies
British Society for Rheumatology (BSR)
The British Society for Rheumatology is the professional medical association for rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine.
A group of professionals working in the UK with a commitment to advancing knowledge and treatment of spondyloarthritis. Many of the Back in Focus Steering Committee are also on the Executive Committee of BritSpA.
A physiotherapy society whose aim is to gather and disseminate current knowledge in the treatment and management of axial spondyloarthritis and teach medical staff, patients and the general public about AS.
Assessment of Spondyloarthritis international Society (ASAS)
The Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) is an international group of experts in the field of Spondyloarthritis. Their mission is to support and promote the study of Axial and Peripheral Spondyloarthritis
Other Websites and Links of Interest
The Spondyloarthritis Diagnosis Evaluation Tool (SPADE)
The SPADE tool has been designed to assist medical professionals define the probability of axial spondyloarthritis in a patient with chronic back pain, below the age of 45 with no definitive changes on X-ray.
Don't Turn Your Back On It (DTYBOI)
DTYBOI is a website aimed primarily patients with chronic back pain to raise awareness of the conditions that cause inflammatory back pain, and to encourage early diagnosis and appropriate management. There are also resources for primary healthcare professionals.
Talking AS is an online tool designed by AbbVie to support patients to monitor their disease online. The results of the patient’s assessments can be viewed by their healthcare professionals at any point and allows HCPs to monitor their patients remotely and tailor discussions at appointments based on the results. To find out more speak to your local AbbVie representative
ASDAS Calculator (ASAS website)
The Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) is a composite index to assess disease activity in AS. This can be calculated using CRP or ESR. An online calculation tool and quick calculation forms can found on the ASAS website*
*AbbVie has no responsibility for the content of this website
EULAR/ASAS Recommendations for Management (2010)
Recommendations for the management of axial SpA from the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), the organisation which represents the people with arthritis/rheumatism, health professional and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations.
NICE Guidance for Treatment of Axial SpA (2016)
Related guidelines, NICE Pathways, quality standards and advice on the topic of arthritis and rheumatism.
Outside In: Psoriatic Arthritis Online for Healthcare Professionals
Outside In is a series of educational initiatives that aim to improve the awareness, diagnosis and management of patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Visit the website for downloadable PsA assessment tools and educational training aids.
eOutside In eLearning
Outside In is a series of educational initiatives that aim to improve the awareness, diagnosis and management of patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Visit the dedicated eLearning page for 2 CPD modules accredited by the RCP and RCN.
PsA Online for patients
PsA Online is a dedicated website for patients that provides information about their disease and a validated self-assessment tool.
AbbVie Care is a support programme for patients receiving HUMIRA® (adalimumab). It provides expert advice and support to patients to help them get the most from their HUMIRA® (adalimumab) treatment plan and help better manage their condition.
National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS)
NASS is the only UK registered charity dedicated to AS and provides support, advice and information to people with axial SpA. The website is a great resource to direct your patients to and in addition NASS have 95 branches across the UK that provide regular physiotherapy to people with axial SpA.