Rheumatology Reading Resources

The following articles, videos, and websites provide reasonable overviews on a variety of topics you may encounter in rheumatology. University of Alberta students & residents: click on the link to go directly to the source.

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Inflammatory Arthritis

2010 ACR-EULAR Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lancet 2010; 376: 1094-1108

Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
The American Journal of Medicine (2007) 120, 936-939

Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
American Family Physician (2005) 72(6):1002

ACR 2008 Recommendations for the Use of Nonbiologic and Biologic Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research) 2008; 59(6): 762

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Psoriatic Arthritis
Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2009 Nov;5(11):634-41.

Psoriatic Arthritis and Arthroplasty (first half of the paper)
Bulletin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases 2008;66(1):41-8

Psoriatic arthritis: epidemiology, clinical features, course, and outcome
Ann Rheum Dis. 2005 Mar;64 Suppl 2:ii14-7.

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Axial Spondyloarthritis
N Engl J Med. 2016 Jun 30;374(26):2563-74.


Physical Examination

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) publishes a regular Rational Clinical Examination, which demonstrates the the evidence for physical examination and diagnostic manoeuvres. Those revelant to rheumatology include:

Does This Adult Patient Have Septic Arthritis?
JAMA 2007; 297: 1478-1488.
Does This Woman Have Osteoporosis?
JAMA 2004; 292: 2890-2900.
Does This Patient Have an Instability of the Shoulder or a Labrum Lesion?
JAMA 2004; 292: 1989-1999.
Does This Patient Have Temporal Arteritis?
JAMA 2002; 287: 92-101.
Does This Patient Have a Torn Meniscus or Ligament of the Knee?:
JAMA 2001; 286: 1610-1620. (Video)
Does This Patient Have Clubbing?
JAMA 2001; 286: 341-347.
Does This Patient Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
JAMA 2000; 283: 3110-3117.
What Can the History and Physical Exam Tell Us About Low Back Pain?
JAMA 1993; 268: 760-765 (not available on-line)

RheumInfo.com is an excellent website by a Canadian rheumatologist, Dr. Andrew Thompson

American College of Rheumatology

Canadian Rheumatology Association

Arthrocentesis of the Knee
NEJM 2006;354:e16.

McMaster University Rheumatology Exam Videos

Physical Examination Videos from Dartmouth Medical School.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Lancet. 2007 Feb 17;369(9561):587-96
Raynaud’s phenomenon: Pathogenesis and management
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2008 59(4): 633-653
Recent achievements in the management of Raynaud’s phenomenon
Vascular Health and Risk Management 2010:6 207-214
Antiphospholipid syndrome: an overview
CMAJ • JUNE 24, 2003; 168 (13): 1675
The antiphospholipid syndrome
Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology 22(5): 831-45, 2008


Inflammatory Muscle Disease

Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Lancet 2003; 362: 971-82
Clinics in Dermatology 2006; 24: 363-373


Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome
Lancet 2005; 366: 321-31


Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Giant Cell Arteritis

Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Giant Cell Arteritis
Lancet 2008; 372: 234-45
Management guidelines & outcome measures in giant cell arteritis
Clin&Exp Rheum 2007
Management guidelines and outcome measures in polymyalgia rheumatica
Clin&Exp Rheum 2007



Fibromyalgia: an overview and comparison of treatment options
British Journal of Nursing 2011, Vol 20, No 16



Screening for Osteoporosis
N Engl J Med 2005;353:164-71
Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
N Engl J Med 2005;353:595-603.
Pharmacologic Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians
Ann Intern Med. 2008;149:404-415.
Canadian Guidelines for the Treatment & Diagnosis of Osteoporosis Summary

FRAX tool

Steroid Induced Osteoporosis
N Engl J Med 2011;365:62-70


Septic Arthritis

Bacterial Septic Arthritis in Adults
Lancet 2010; 375: 846-55



N Engl J Med 2011;364:443-52.


Online Journals

The Journal of Rheumatology

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Arthritis Care & Research

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Clinical Rheumatology

Rheumatology (Oxford)

Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America

The Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology


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