[EULAR HL 2023] Health Professionals in Rheumatology

Author: Anne-Kathrin Rausch

Farisogullari et al. (OPI176-HPR) presented the evidence supporting the 2023 EULAR recommendations for the non-pharmacological management of fatigue, which is efficacious and safe, in people with inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Emma Dures elaborated on these recommendations in detail (POS0370).  

Moseng et al. (OP0076) presented the update of the EULAR recommendation for the non-pharmacological core management of hip and knee osteoarthritis . Carina Broström explained the EULAR recommendations/points to consider for the non-pharmacological management of system lupus erythematosus and systemic sclerosis.

Teuven et al. (POS0699-HPR) drew attention to the insufficient reporting of harms outcomes in the majority of RCTs on exercise therapy in people with inflammatory arthritis and stressed the need for consensus on the definition, classification, assessment and reporting of harms outcomes in trails on the effect of exercise therapy. 

Norden et al. (LB007) presented the findings of the ExeHeart RCT on the short- and long-term effects of high-intensity interval training in patients with inflammatory arthritis. Cardiovascular fitness increased following 12 weeks of supervised high-intensity training and the effect maintained after six months, however there was no beneficial response in pain or fatigue. The intervention was evaluated as feasible and effective. 

Bilberg et al. (OP0087-HPR) was able to show an effect of high intensity training on fatigue in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis.

Østerås et al. (OP0092-HPR) discussed the use of video-consultations in rheumatology and competences needed by health professionals. This setting seems to be especially suitable for short follow-up consultations in stable, well-treated patients. Thomas Davergne elaborated on the effectiveness of digital applications provided personalized exercise videos by presenting results of a meta-analysis.


Anne-Kathrin Rausch


Anne-Kathrin is physiotherapist working as researcher and lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences. She did her PhD at Leiden University developing and implementing the EULAR physical activity recommendations, which remained her main research focus.

Anne-Kathrin is member of the HPR committee and the HPR Liaison for EMUNET.

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