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Nonpharmacologic ankylosing spondylitis recommendations not followed

Key clinical point: Nonpharmacologic recommendations for ankylosing spondylitis aren’t being followed very much by rheumatologists in the Boston-based Partners Healthcare system, and probably elsewhere. Physicians need advice on how to implement them.

Major finding: Inflammatory marker measurement was documented in about half of visits. Disease activity was measured in only 17%.

Study details: Review of the electronic records of 304 AS patients

Disclosures: The study’s funding source and disclosures – if any – weren’t reported.


Patel A et al. SPARTAN 2020 abstract session May 15.