Recognition of inflammatory back pain and ankylosing spondylitis in primary care.

@article{Jois2008RecognitionOI,
  title={Recognition of inflammatory back pain and ankylosing spondylitis in primary care.},
  author={Ramesh Jois and Alexander J. MacGregor and Karl Gaffney},
  journal={Rheumatology},
  year={2008},
  volume={47 9},
  pages={1364-6}
}
OBJECTIVE The diagnosis of AS is often delayed in primary care. This may partly be due to inability to differentiate inflammatory back pain (IBP) from mechanical. The aim of this study was to assess current practice of general practitioners (GPs) in using clinical, radiological and laboratory investigations to assess patients with IBP. METHODS A postal questionnaire was sent to all GPs in Norfolk. It was designed to test GPs ability to identify symptoms suggestive of IBP in patients with back… CONTINUE READING
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