Rheumatoid Arthritis

Welcome to this module on the Role of Primary Care in the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Access to the module is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP. If you are a member of the public seeking information on Arthritis, please see this link: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/

Module Overview

External CPD Credits: 3
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 5 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


This eLearning module is divided into 3 key lessons, which comprise a video presentation conveying the core material; supplementary videos, where non-core material is presented; and relevant printable and downloadable material. There are also Clinical Scenarios (Lesson 4) and an MCQ (Lesson 5). Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning.

Development of this module was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from AbbVie Ltd.
AbbVie Ltd has had no input into the content.


        The 5 lessons are as follows:
        • Lesson 1: The Context & Challenge of Early Diagnosis
          This lesson provides some detail on the prevalence & aetiology of rheumatoid arthritis, and highlights the importance of early diagnosis & intervention. 
        • Lesson 2: Presentation, Diagnosis & Referral 
          This lesson summarises key features in a patient history suggesting Rheumatoid Arthritis, and outlines a recommended referral process.
        • Lesson 3: Management Options 
          This lesson outlines current management options for Rheumatoid Arthritis, as prescribed by specialist colleagues. 
        • Lesson 4: Clinical Cases 
          This supplementary resource contains full versions of the scenarios used in this module. They are carried out by GPs or Consultants with an interest in Inflammatory Arthritis. 
        • Lesson 5: Inflammatory Arthritis MCQ Quiz 
           On completion of this module, which includes a short MCQ, you will be awarded 3 External CPD Credits.

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The following links are provided to support this eLearning course and to provide you with information for patients. Many are also available within the associated lesson. (Please Note: These are third party links).
Clinician Links
European League against Rheumatism (EULAR)
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases - EULAR Journal
Irish Society for Rheumatology
American College of Rheumatology
3E Initiative in Rheumatology
Patient Links
Last modified: Friday, 24 November 2017, 10:05 AM