A multidisciplinary task force supported by the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) executed a systematic review and development of self-management strategy recommendations for those living with inflammatory arthritis.
Source: Nikiphorou E, Santos EJF, Marques A, et al 2021 EULAR recommendations for the implementation of self-management strategies in patients with inflammatory arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2021;80:1278-1285. (PDF)
Why it’s Important
A key element of adjusting to and living with inflammatory arthritis is the ability to self-manage the physical and psychological challenges of the disease between clinic visits and beyond drug therapy. Although inflammatory arthritis self-management resources may be available, they are historically underused, complex, and/or not holistically incorporated into overall care plans.
Furthermore, clinicians may not be well informed on how to best support their patients in implementing a self-management strategy, including how to access tools and resources that assist behavior and lifestyle changes. As a consequence, those living with inflammatory arthritis, who don’t incorporate self-management strategies into their care plan, may have a higher risk of developing comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease and psychological conditions, as well as demonstrating a lower quality of life.