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2021 May 12

Rheumatology (Oxford)

Diagnostic delay is common for patients with axial spondyloarthritis: results from the National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit.


Russell MD, Coath F, Yates M, Bechman K, Norton S, Galloway JB, Ledingham J, Sengupta R, Gaffney K
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2021 May 12.
PMID: 33982063.


Updated guidelines for patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) have sought to reduce diagnostic delay by raising awareness amongst clinicians. We used the National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA) to describe baseline characteristics and time to diagnosis for newly-referred patients with axSpA in England and Wales.