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Report of the EULAR Standing Committee for International clinical Studies Including therapeutic Trials (ESCISIT)
  1. P L C M VAN RIEL, Chairman
  1. ESCISIT secretariat
  2. University Medical Centre Nijmegen
  3. 546 Department of Rheumatology
  4. PO Box 9101
  5. 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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The committee has gone through a very active and productive period thanks to the contribution of all its members in the different working groups. As a result of this, the second volume of theEULAR Handbook of Clinical Assessments in Rheumatoid Arthritis has been published. The book can be ordered via the ESCISIT secretariat and is available in more than five different languages.

In addition to this, various new guidelines have been developed in the past year. Guidelines for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (Ann Rheum Dis 2000;59:936–44) and for the assessment of disease activity in systemic sclerosis (Ann Rheum Dis 2001;60:585–98) have been published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Guidelines for musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology and a clinical guideline for referral of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis have just been finished. Several other working groups are active in different fields of rheumatology discussing treatment guidelines or developing new ways to assess and monitor these diseases. For several years a EULAR course in arthroscopy has been running.

As it became increasingly difficult for everyone to have an overview of all the continuing activities it was decided to start an ESCISIT newsletter, which would be published three times a year and distributed to all members of the committee as well as to the national societies. Those who are interested in being placed on the mailing list should contact the ESCISIT secretariat. The first issue was released in January 2001 and the second one just before the Prague meeting. The newsletter includes an overview of all committee activities and European clinical trials in rheumatoid arthritis. The next planned meeting of the committee will be during the EULAR congress in Stockholm, June 2001.