Identifying patients with axial spondyloarthritis in primary care: how useful are items indicative of inflammatory back pain?

BACKGROUND The value of clinical items defining inflammatory back pain to identify patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) in primary care is unclear. OBJECTIVE To identify predictive clinical parameters for a diagnosis of axial SpA in patients with chronic back pain presenting in primary care. METHODS Consecutive patients aged < 45 years (n=950… CONTINUE READING