Background and aims Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) have a major impact on patients' lives. Apart from symptoms such as pain, stiffness and fatigue, many patients may experience limitations in daily activities and participation in society. Rheumatology health professionals (HPs) play a pivotal role in the improvement and maintenance of patients' functioning, a crucial aspect of patients' quality of life. To ensure the quality of care, HPs need to be appropriately trained. For this purpose, one module of the EULAR online course for HPs is dedicated to HPs' interventions related to various RMDs.
Methods Using the same methodology, expertise and technology used in other EULAR online courses, the following components of the module were developed: A Main Text, Interactive Clinical Cases, Indepth Discussions and two Assessment sets.
Results First, 4 learning aims were formulated: After completing the module, the student a. Has an overview of interventions commonly provided by HPs in the treatment of patients with RMDs; b. Demonstrates appropriate understanding of opportunities and limitations of the various interventions employed by HPs on the individual patient level; c. Can properly advise and support patients regarding self-management strategies including e.g., appropriate medication usage, exercises, the application of joint protection and energy conservation, the usage of orthoses and adaptive equipment or other; and d. Can make a substantiated decision on when to refer a patient to another health professional, a physician or a multidisciplinary team. Second, a wide range of modalities, such as exercise therapy, self-management support, cognitive behavioural therapy, the provision of orthoses, assistive devices or physical modalities were described. These were further applied and/or explained by means of Interactive Clinical Cases and Indepth Discussions (Patient education and Physical Activity Interventions).
Conclusions A module of the EULAR Online course for HPs specifically describes and explains HPs' interventions employed in the management of people with various RMDs. Its contents will be updated according to new clinical and scientific insights. Moreover, it will be adapted to the educational needs of HPs, by taking into account the comments of the students and perspectives from HPs across Europe.
Disclosure of Interest None declared