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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2022.20.13.NQ88003

Primary care physicians’ knowledge of screening and detection of axial spondyloarthritis

Dr. Daniela Abigail Cobo Alvarez, Dr. Blanca Cristina Estrella López, Dr. Freddy Fernando Jumbo Salazar


Introduction: Axial spondyloarthritis is an inflammatory disease characterized by chronic back pain. Patients often consult with primary care providers. Purpose: To evaluate physician feedback for implementing screening for AAS in primary care. Methods: A qualitative study was conducted by recruiting 18 primary care physicians. Results: No internists and 2 of 8 family medicine physicians reported feeling “extremely confident” in distinguishing inflammatory back pain from mechanical back pain. Conclusions: Primary care physicians preferred a screening tool that recommends additional testing rather than one that directs referral to a rheumatologist


axial spondyloarthritis, back pain, rheumatology, primary care,general practitioners source: DeCS

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