Ankylosing spondylitis: patient diagnosis and management

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Qualified Nurses

Author

Deborah Bond, Lead biologics specialist nurse, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath.


Short description

This module reviews ankylosing spondylitis, including the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and management. Update your clinical knowledge of the changes in treatment as a result of anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy.


Detailed description

This learning module provides an overview of ankylosing spondylitis, including signs and symptoms, diagnosis and management. The module focuses on the difficulties and delays associated with diagnosing this chronic inflammatory disease and developments in diagnostic criteria. Changes in the management of patients with the disease are also discussed, particularly in light of anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy.

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