EULAR recommendations lay versions

EULAR has published recommendations for, among others, the management of several rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases addressed to our community.

For EULAR it is essential that the dissemination of these recommendations reaches patients’ organisations as well as healthcare professionals to support patients and carers to manage their disease.

EULAR now provides lay summaries of all recommendations, in English, and calls on all interested organisations to disseminate them and encourage the translation of these lay versions in their own language.

Recommendations available:


Heidi A Zangi, Mwidimi Ndosi, Jo Adams, Lena Andersen, Christina Bode, Carina Boström, Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings, Laure Gossec, Jana Korandová, Gabriel Mendes, Karin Niedermann, Jette Primdahl, Michaela Stoffer, Marieke Voshaar, Astrid van Tubergen

EULAR recommendations for patient education for people with
inflammatory arthritis

Ann Rheum Dis 2015;74:954-962 Published online first on March 3, 2015 as doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-206807

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N Duru, M C van der Goes, J W G Jacobs, T Andrews, M Boers, F Buttgereit, N Caeyers, M Cutolo, S Halliday, J A P Da Silva, J R Kirwan, D Ray, J Rovensky, G Severijns, R Westhovens, J W J Bijlsma
EULAR evidence-based and consensus-based recommendations on the management of medium to high-dose glucocorticoid therapy in rheumatic diseases

Ann Rheum Dis published 19 July 2013, 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203249

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S van Assen, N Agmon-Levin, O Elkayam, R Cervera, M F Doran, M Dougados, P Emery, P Geborek, J P A Ioannidis, D R W Jayne, C G M Kallenberg, U Müller-Ladner, Y Shoenfeld, L Stojanovich, G Valesini, N M Wulffraat, M Bijl
EULAR recommendations for vaccination in adult patients with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases
Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70:414-422 doi:10.1136/ard.2010.137216 Published Online First: 3 December 2010
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G K Bertsias, J P A Ioannidis, J Boletis, S Bombardieri, R Cervera, C Dostal, J Font, I M Gilboe, F Houssiau, T Huizinga, D Isenberg, C GM Kallenberg, M Khamashta, J C Piette, M Schneider, J Smolen, G Sturfelt, A Tincani, R van Vollenhoven, C Gordon and D T Boumpas
EULAR recommendations for the management of systemic lupus erytematosus. Report of a Task Force of the EULAR Standing Committee for International Clinical Studies Including Therapeutics (ESCISIT)
Ann Rheum Dis, Feb 2008; 67: 195-205.
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Lay version  of Lupus recommendations in general, with reference to further studies

Related information

Guidelines to translate EULAR recommendations - lay summaries

Please note that comprehensive guidelines have been developed to ensure the correct translation of the recommendations.

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Please read them carefully before translating as mandatory rules apply. Thank you for helping us to disseminate science within your community.

For further information please contact: Florian Klett (

ARD lay summaries

The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) now also provides short research summaries for patients and non-clinicians to accompany selected key research papers published in the journal. These aim to clearly explain the results of the research studies as well as any implications for treatment of the specific condition. The summaries are written in plain language in a consistently structured format and checked for accuracy and readability by expert rheumatologists and people from EULAR’s patient research partner network.