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Performance of referral recommendations in patients with chronic back pain and suspected axial spondyloarthritis
  1. Henning Christian Brandt1,
  2. Inge Spiller1,
  3. In-Ho Song1,
  4. Janis L Vahldiek1,
  5. Martin Rudwaleit1,
  6. Joachim Sieper1
  1. 1
    Rheumatology, Department of Medicine I, Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany
  1. Joachim Sieper, MD, Professor in Rheumatology, Consultant in Rheumatology, Rheumatology, Medical Department I, Charité – Campus Benjamin Franklin, Hindenburgdamm 30, 12200 Berlin, Germany; joachim.sieper{at}charite.de

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  • The study was partly supported by unrestricted grants from Essex Pharma GmbH, Germany and Wyeth Pharma GmbH, Germany.

  • Abbreviations:
    AS
    ankylosing spondylitis
    BASDAI
    Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index
    BASFI
    Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index
    CRP
    C-reactive protein
    HLA
    human leucocyte antigen
    IBP
    inflammatory back pain
    NSAIDs
    non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    SIJ
    sacroiliac joints
    SpA
    spondyloarthritis
    TNF
    tumour necrosis factor
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Footnotes

  • The study was partly supported by unrestricted grants from Essex Pharma GmbH, Germany and Wyeth Pharma GmbH, Germany.

  • Abbreviations:
    AS
    ankylosing spondylitis
    BASDAI
    Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index
    BASFI
    Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index
    CRP
    C-reactive protein
    HLA
    human leucocyte antigen
    IBP
    inflammatory back pain
    NSAIDs
    non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    SIJ
    sacroiliac joints
    SpA
    spondyloarthritis
    TNF
    tumour necrosis factor

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