Background Currently, the use of standards of care (SoC) could be the first step to achieve optimal care in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA).
Objectives The aim of this project (2e) was to develop evidence-based and user-focused SoC for SpA.
Methods A RAND-modified Delphi method was applied. First, a systematic literature review of national and international documents covering SOC for SpA was conducted. This included consensus, clinical guidelines and care management documents. Social leagues and health professionals were contacted. All the information retrieved was evaluated by two expert methodologists and, subsequently, adapted and classified according to the three categories of SOC: structure, process and outcomes. A group of 23 experts on SpA was selected and a consensus meeting was held where these SOC were discussed. Afterwards, a first questionnaire round was sent to the experts panel and the SOC were modified according to the results of this round. Finally, a second questionnaire round with the final set of SOC was sent to 167 rheumatologists all around Spain to assess their agreement grade about every SoC.
Results A total of 38 SoC were set (12 for structure, 20 for process and 6 for outcomes). A selection with the SoC that got highest priority is shown in the table. In general, standards of process achieved high priority whereas standards of result got the lowest grade of agreement.
Conclusions The implementation in clinical practice of this set of SoC could help assess and improve the quality of care for patients with SpA.
Disclosure of Interest None Declared