We run free webinars primarily for GPs but also open to med students and other healthcare professionals. Register through this page when there is a webinar programme open. There are no programmes open at present, we anticipate that the Autumn 2017 programme will be announced in August 2017. You will receive a link to attend the live webinar through the registration page. CME certs are sent by email within 24 hours of the event to those who attend.
You can look at recordings of previous webinars.
TOOLS FOR YOU are a series of short presentations we have put on You Tube to help GPs inform, educate and manage patients with certain Musculoskeletal lesions. You can refer patients to the relevant presentation as part of your management. They could be considered an electronic handout or information sheet. A menu of the available presentations is available here.
There are links to web resources for further rheumatological information
Our activities would not be possible without help from Abbvie for which we are extremely grateful.
We have made short presentations about various common musculoskeletal conditions. The aim of each presentation is to explain a condition and offer some advice that can be helpful. These presentations should complement rather than replace individual medical advice. It’s a form of electronic handout or information sheet.
There are a number of different conditions covered they can be accessed through this link
In this section we have links to a number of relevant presentations. One group of presentations concern common musculoskeletal lesions in which the lesion,anatomy and presentation are explained.
Another group of presentations concern clinical conditions we frequently encounter in rheumatology.
A third group of presentations are an attempt to help in patient assessment skills with thoughts on approaches to pain, nonarticular features, joint examination etc.
This project aims to promote rheumatological knowledge and skills in general practitioners.
- Increase skills in assessing, managing and referring patients with rheumatic diseases
- Optimise care and assessment of patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal complaints
- Learn about tools to increase diagnostic accuracy, monitor disease activity, & guide treatment
- Promote the acquisition of rheumatological knowledge and skills in medical students
- Provide general practitioners with educational material for informing patients about the management of their rheumatic disease
The Rheumatology Toolbox is a forum through which interest in the skills and knowledge of rheumatology is promoted. The material is published electronically in order to reach as wide an audience as possible. The principal audience are primary-care physicians. Teaching is provided through regular webinars. The purpose of promoting the knowledge, skills and interest in rheumatic disease and musculoskeletal medicine is to facilitate the treatment of patients by their primary care physicians in the community and encourage the rapid referral of appropriate patients to hospital services, those whose disease would benefit from early diagnosis and intervention, a strategy that should reduce waiting times.
Musculoskeletal diseases are one of the commonest causes of suffering worldwide. In the largest epidemiological study ever done and published in 3 editions of the Lancet, low back pain is the commonest single cause of disability among over 350 diagnoses from over 190 countries, and osteoarthritis is now the commonest disease. Studies from many developed nations show 20-30% of GP visits are related to musculoskeletal diseases, yet a survey of thousands of Irish GPs showed only 50% received undergraduate training in musculoskeletal diseases and <20% received any formal post-graduate training in musculoskeletal diseases. Many musculoskeletal diseases are commonly seen in primary care/GP practices such as Raynaud’s syndrome, low back pain, osteoporosis, rotator cuff disease, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia syndrome, gout and other inflammatory arthritides, and most rheumatic diseases first present to their GP. Guidelines on how to evaluate and manage these disorders are usually published in subspecialty Journals such as rheumatology journals, articles that go unread and are not accessible to many GPs. In addition abundant robust evidence for many of these disorders clearly shows that early diagnosis and treatment is the single most important part of management, and has greater efficacy, than any other intervention. Studies show that the significant morbidity, cost and premature mortality associated with these diseases is often preventable by cheap, effective, proven early interventions. Unfortunately in Ireland access to rheumatology is limited by a massive lack of resources, and a 2009 report of 30 European countries (26 EU) shows only Latvia has fewer rheumatologists per capita than Ireland, and long waiting lists and poor access to critical diagnostics and evidence-based guidelines persist. On this background, and with support from GP colleagues and others 3 West of Ireland colleagues established the first Rheumatology Toolbox.