While strong evidence supports the role of physiotherapy in the co-management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it remains unclear what constitutes the essential disease-specific knowledge and clinical skills required by community-based physiotherapists to effectively and safely deliver recommended care. This study aimed to identify essential disease-specific knowledge and skills, link these with evidence from clinical guidelines, and broadly determine the professional development (PD) needs and confidence related to the management of RA among physiotherapists.
Briggs, A. M., Fary, R. E., Slater, H., Bragge, P., Chua, J. Y. Y., Keen, H. I., & Chan, M. (2012). Disease-specific knowledge and clinical skills required by community-based physiotherapists to co-manage patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 64(10), 1514 - 1526. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.21727