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
JAMA (2018) 320(13):1360-1372
Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
American Family Physician (2005) 72(6):1002
2021 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis Care & Research 2021; 73(7): 924–939
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Psoriatic Arthritis
Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2009 Nov;5(11):634-41.
Psoriatic Arthritis NEJM Review
N Engl J Med 2017; 376:957-970
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 relevant 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 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)
Arthrocentesis of the Knee
NEJM 2006;354:e16.
McMaster University Rheumatology Exam Videos – Rheum Tutor


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Lancet. 2019;393(10188):2332-2343
Raynaud’s phenomenon—an update on diagnosis, classification and management
Clinical Rheumatology. 2019;38:3317–3330
Antiphospholipid syndrome: an overview
Lancet. 2010; 376 (9791): 1498-1509
The antiphospholipid syndrome
Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology 34(1): 831-45, 2020


Inflammatory Muscle Disease

Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Lancet 2003; 362: 971-82
An Overview of Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Muscle Nerve 2015 May;51(5):638-56
EULAC/ACR Classification Criteria for Adult and Juvenile Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies and their Major Subgroups
Ann Rheum Dis. 2017 Dec; 76(12): 1955–1964.


Sjogren’s Syndrome

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


Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Giant Cell Arteritis

Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Giant Cell Arteritis: Systematic Review
JAMA 2016;315(22):2442-2458
2018 Update of the EULAR recommendations for the management of large vessel vasculitis
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2020;79:19-30.
2015 Recommendations for the Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Arthritis and Rheumatology 2015;67(10):2569–2580



Canadian Fibromyalgia Guidelines
EULAR Fibromyalgia Recommendations Summary



2017 ACR Glucocorticoid Induced Osteoporosis Guidelines
Arthritis and Rheumatology 2017;69(8):1521–1537
Canadian Guidelines for the Treatment & Diagnosis of Osteoporosis
FRAX tool
CAROC tool


Septic Arthritis

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



N Engl J Med 2011;364:443-52.
2020 ACR Gout Guidelines
Arthritis and Rheumatism 2020;72(6):744–760


Online Journals

The Journal of Rheumatology

Arthritis Care & Research

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Clinical Rheumatology

Rheumatology (Oxford)

Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America

The Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology



Other Valuable Resources

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

American College of Rheumatology

Canadian Rheumatology Association

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