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PsA UPLIFT survey: do rheumatologists and patients agree on treatment goals?

By Rachel Tate, DO
17 June 2022

POS0309 at EULAR 2022 highlighted both similarities and differences between our patients and ourselves when it comes to PsA disease and treatment strategies. 

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Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

By Rachel Tate, DO
14 April 2022

It’s been reported that approximately one-third to one-half of patients with psoriatic arthritis will try supplements and other complementary and alternative medicinal (CAM) practices without discussing with their rheumatologists.  Of those, nearly 90% of PsA patients using CAM report benefits!  Here is your updated review on common supplement data in psoriasis and PsA. 

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MDA: Aiming for Perfection in PsA

By Rachel Tate, DO
07 April 2022

When it comes to psoriatic arthritis clinical trials such as TICOPA (tight control in PsA)  have consistently shown that treating to target correlates with improved disease domain and patient reported outcomes.  Minimal disease activity (MDA) has become an oft used target and outcome in PsA trials. While many of us measure and record a variety of measures in our patient charts, we may be on our way to demonstrating MDA in practice. Here is a quick review of MDA components and how to capture them for your patients. 

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Sick Leave in axSpA: Who takes more?

By Rachel Tate, DO
07 November 2021

Who wouldn't like to predict the future? 

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Polyautoimmunity: axSpA and Familial Mediterranean Fever

By Rachel Tate, DO
05 November 2021

Mysteries behind polyautoimmunity have confounded rheumatologists for decades. One such association, the co-existence of Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) and axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), remains rare. In fact, we believe the rate to be between 0.5% and 7.5%.

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Three Healthcare Hashtags You Should Follow 

By Rachel Tate, DO
14 September 2021

I've sent more than 2,000 tweets since joining Twitter in July 2010. Even better, I've read (and sometimes shared) thousands of other educational, informative and sometimes humorous tweets from fellow rheumatologists, physicians, healthcare providers and others around the world. While following individuals and organizations relevant to you is important, so is following hashtags. Here are three I recommend.

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ICYMI: New GRAPPA 2021 PsO and PsA Treatment Recommendations

By Rachel Tate, DO
07 July 2021

The evidence-based recommendations from the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis were presented at #EULAR2021. The goal (as per 2009 recommendations) was “To develop recommendations, based upon the best scientific evidence, for the optimal treatment of patients with PsA” Dr. Laura Coates, Oxford detailed in abstract #OP0229. Since the last update in 2015, there have been multiple changes, which are highlighted here.

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Q-DAPSA for Measuring Disease Activity in PsA

By Rachel Tate, DO
10 June 2021

Given its multiple domains, there remains much discussion over the best disease activity scoring method in PsA. The proverbial "holy grail" would be a measure that is quick, intuitive, domain comprehensive and validated.

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New GRAPPA 2021 PsO and PsA Treatment Recommendations

By Rachel Tate, DO
04 June 2021

The evidence-based recommendations from the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis were presented at #EULAR2021.

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HLA B27 Iritis - RNL 2021 Highlights

By Rachel Tate, DO
31 March 2021

The Spondyloarthritis Advances pod presented during the RheumNow Live 2021 conference featured three speakers, including an excellent lecture by Dr. Robert Wang, ophthalmology, on HLA B27 iritis and practical tips for rheumatologists. 

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