Ankylosing spondylitis: an Australian experience.

  title={Ankylosing spondylitis: an Australian experience.},
  author={M. D. Walter Reed and Shyamali C Dharmage and Anthony Boers and Belinda J. Martin and Russell R. C. Buchanan and Lionel Schachna},
  journal={Internal medicine journal},
  volume={38 5},
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to characterize an Australian cohort of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients and examine predictors of important disease outcomes. METHODS Cross-sectional study of first visit data among patients referred to the Austin Spondylitis Clinic from rheumatology or general practices. We obtained clinical and laboratory data and validated composite indices through self-reported questionnaire. RESULTS Delay in AS diagnosis averaged 8.1 years and was higher… CONTINUE READING