EULAR recommendations for the role of the nurse in the management of chronic inflammatory arthritis

van Eijk-Hustings, Y, van Tubergen, A, Bostrom, C, Braychenko, E, Buss, B, Felix, J, Firth, J, Hammond, A ORCID:, Harston, B, Hernandez, C, Huzjak, M, Korandova, J, Kukkurainen, ML, Landewe, R, Mezieres, M, Milincovic, M, Moretti, A, Oliver, S, Primdahl, J, Scholte-Voshaar, M, de la Torre-Aboki, J, Waite-Jones, J, Westhovens, R, Zangi, HA, Heiberg, T and Hill, J 2012, 'EULAR recommendations for the role of the nurse in the management of chronic inflammatory arthritis' , Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD), 71 (1) , pp. 13-19.

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Objectives The authors aim to develop European League Against Rheumatism recommendations for the role of the nurse in the management of patients with chronic infl ammatory arthritis, to identify a research agenda and to determine an educational agenda. Methods A task force made up of a multidisciplinary expert panel including nurses, rheumatologists, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, epidemiologist and patient representatives, representing 14 European countries, carried out the development of the recommendations, following the European League Against Rheumatism standardised operating procedures. The task force met twice. In the fi rst meeting, the aims of the task force were defi ned, and eight research questions were developed. This was followed by a comprehensive, systematic literature search. In the second meeting, the results from the literature review were presented to the task force that subsequently formulated the recommendations, research agenda and educational agenda. Results In total, 10 recommendations were formulated. Seven recommendations covered the contribution of nurses to care and management: education, satisfaction with care, access to care, disease management, psychosocial support, self-management and effi ciency of care. Three recommendations focused on professional support for nurses: availability of guidelines or protocols, access to education and encouragement to undertake extended roles. The strength of the recommendations varied from A to C, dependent on the category of evidence (1A–3), and a high level of agreement was achieved. Additionally, the task force agreed upon 10 topics for future research and an educational agenda. Conclusion 10 recommendations for the role of the nurse in the management of chronic infl ammatory arthritis were developed using a combination of evidence-based and expert consensus approach.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0003-4967
Depositing User: RH Shuttleworth
Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 11:01
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 14:20

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