Table 1

Items included in the questionnaire

TopicItem(s)Possible answers
DefinitionWhat do you regard as early RA? A. Type of arthritis (at least)A. At least: polyarthritis (>5 joints)/oligoarthritis (2–5 joints)/monarthritis
B. Duration of symptoms (one answer)B. <6 Weeks/<3 months/<6 months/<12 months/other, please specify
Referral timeHow long on average does it take from onset of their symptoms until patients with arthritis are referred to you? (one answer)<6 Weeks/<3 months/<6 months/<12 months/>12 months
Diagnostic approachWhich serological tests do you use in early diagnosis? (several answers)Rheumatoid factor/antinuclear antibodies/antikeratin antibodies/antiperinuclear factor/anti-RA33
Follow up of patientsHow often do you see your patients with early arthritis during the first 3 months? (one answer)Every 2 weeks/every month/every 3 months/not at all
How many patients with early arthritis do you see each year?
TreatmentWhen do you start DMARD treatment in patients with newly diagnosed RA? (one answer)When erosions have occurred/when ACR criteria are fulfilled/when RA is suspected/when NSAIDs have failed <12 months/>6 months/>3 months/other, please specify
In newly diagnosed patients, which DMARDs do you prescribe most commonly? (maximum of two answers)Azathioprine/chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine/ chlorambucil/cyclophosphamide/cyclosporin A/ d-penicillamine/gold compounds oral/gold compounds parenteral/methotrexate/sulfasalazine/other, please specify