EULAR Recommendations: Lay versions

For EULAR, it is essential that the dissemination of the lay versions of the recommendations reach patient organisations, as well as healthcare professionals to support patients and carers in managing their disease.

For recommendations that are relevant to patient audiences, EULAR provides a lay summary version, in English, and calls on all interested organisations to disseminate them and encourage the translation of these lay versions into their own language. Note that the lay summaries are created after the official recommendation is published.

Overview of lay versions

Recommendations listed below date back to 2008; scroll down the page to view the lay summaries. Each summary is listed by year of its publication. The structure of each summary lists the authors first, followed by the summary title, the EULAR Journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) reference, date of publication and finally a link to the recommendation as well as a link to the lay version.

2017

Désirée van der Heijde, Sofia Ramiro, Robert Landewé, Xenofon Baraliakos, Filip Van den Bosch, Alexandre Sepriano, Andrea Regel, Adrian Ciurea, Hanne Dagfinrud, Maxime Dougados, Floris van Gaalen, Pál Géher, Irene van der Horst-Bruinsma, Robert D Inman, Merryn Jongkees, Uta Kiltz, Tore K Kvien, Pedro M Machado, Helena Marzo-Ortega, Anna Molto, Victoria Navarro-Compàn, Salih Ozgocmen, Fernando M Pimentel-Santos, John Reveille, Martin Rudwaleit, Jochen Sieper, Percival Sampaio-Barros, Dieter Wiek, Jürgen Braun
2016 update of the ASAS-EULAR management recommendations for axial spondyloarthritis

Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-210770
Published Online First: 13 January 2017

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2017

L Andreoli, G K Bertsias, N Agmon-Levin, S Brown, R Cervera, N Costedoat-Chalumeau, A Doria, R Fischer-Betz, F Forger, M F Moraes-Fontes, M Khamashta, J King, A Lojacono, F Marchiori, P L Meroni, M Mosca, M Motta, M Ostensen, C Pamfil, L Raio, M Schneider, E Svenungsson, M Tektonidou, S Yavuz, D Boumpas, A Tincani
EULAR recommendations for women's health and the management of family planning, assisted reproduction, pregnancy and menopause in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and/or antiphospholipid syndrome
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2017;76:476-485
Published online First: 17 February 2017

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Helen E Foster, Kirsten Minden, Daniel Clemente, Leticia Leon, Janet E McDonagh, Sylvia Kamphuis, Karin Berggren, Philomine van Pelt, Carine Wouters, Jennifer Waite-Jones, Rachel Tattersall, Ruth Wyllie, Simon R Stones, Alberto Martini, Tamas Constantin, Susanne Schalm, Berna Fidanci, Burak Erer, Erkan Dermikaya, Seza Ozen, Loreto Carmona

EULAR/PReS standards and recommendations for the transitional care of young people with juvenile-onset rheumatic diseases

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2017;76:639-646

Published online first 10, March 2017

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2016

G J Macfarlane, C Kronisch, L E Dean, F Atzeni, W Häuser, E Fluß, E Choy, E Kosek, K Amris, J Branco, F Dincer, P Leino-Arjas, K Longley, G M McCarthy, S Makri, S Perrot, P Sarzi-Puttini, A Taylor, G T Jones

EULAR revised recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia

Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-209724

Published Online First 4 July 2016

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2016

Seza Ozen, Erkan Demirkaya, Burak Erer, Avi Livneh, Eldad Ben-Chetrit, Gabriella Giancane, Huri Ozdogan, Illana Abu, Marco Gattorno, Philip N Hawkins, Sezin Yuce, Tilmann Kallinich, Yelda Bilginer, Daniel Kastner, Loreto Carmona

EULAR recommendations for the management of familial Mediterranean fever

Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2015-208690

Published Online First 10 March 2016

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2015

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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2015

L Gossec, J S Smolen, S Ramiro, M de Wit, M Cutolo, M Dougados, P Emery, R Landewé, S Oliver, D Aletaha, N Betteridge, J Braun, G Burmester, J D Cañete, N Damjanov, O FitzGerald, E Haglund, P Helliwell, T K Kvien, R Lories, T Luger, M Maccarone, H Marzo-Ortega, D McGonagle, I B McInnes, I Olivieri, K Pavelka, G Schett, J Sieper, F van den Bosch, D J Veale, J Wollenhaupt, A Zink, D van der Heijde

European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) recommendations for the management of psoriatic arthritis with pharmacological therapies: 2015 update

Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2015-208337

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2015

Christian Dejaco, Yogesh P Singh, Pablo Perel, Andrew Hutchings, Dario Camellino, Sarah Mackie, Andy Abril, Artur Bachta, Peter Balint, Kevin Barraclough, Lina Bianconi, Frank Buttgereit, Steven Carsons, Daniel Ching, Maria Cid, Marco Cimmino, Andreas Diamantopoulos, William Docken, Christina Duftner, Billy Fashanu, Kate Gilbert, Pamela Hildreth, Jane Hollywood, David Jayne, Manuella Lima, Ajesh Maharaj, Christian Mallen, Victor Martinez-Taboada, Mehrdad Maz, Steven Merry, Jean Miller, Shunsuke Mori, Lorna Neill, Elisabeth Nordborg, Jennifer Nott, Hannah Padbury, Colin Pease, Carlo Salvarani, Michael Schirmer, Wolfgang Schmidt, Robert Spiera, David Tronnier, Alexandre Wagner, Madeline Whitlock, Eric L Matteson, Bhaskar Dasgupta
2015 Recommendations for the management of polymyalgia rheumatica: a European League Against Rheumatism/American College of Rheumatology collaborative initiative

Ann Rheum Dis 2015;74:1799-1807 doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2015-207492

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2014

P Mandl, V Navarro-Compán, L Terslev, P Aegerter, D van der Heijde, M A D'Agostino, X Baraliakos, S J Pedersen, A G Jurik, E Naredo, C Schueller-Weidekamm, U Weber, M C Wick, P A C Bakker, E Filippucci, P G Conaghan, M Rudwaleit, G Schett, J Sieper, S Tarp, H Marzo-Ortega, M Østergaard
EULAR recommendations for the use of imaging in the diagnosis and management of spondyloarthritis in clinical practice

Ann Rheum Dis 2015;74:1327-1339 doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-206971

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2013

Josef S Smolen, Robert Landewé, Ferdinand C Breedveld, Maya Buch, Gerd Burmester, Maxime Dougados, Paul Emery, Cécile Gaujoux-Viala, Laure Gossec, Jackie Nam, Sofia Ramiro, Kevin Winthrop, Maarten de Wit, Daniel Aletaha, Neil Betteridge, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Maarten Boers, Frank Buttgereit, Bernard Combe, Maurizio Cutolo, Nemanja Damjanov, Johanna M W Hazes, Marios Kouloumas, Tore K Kvien, Xavier Mariette, Karel Pavelka, Piet L C M van Riel, Andrea Rubbert-Roth, Marieke Scholte-Voshaar, David L Scott, Tuulikki Sokka-Isler, John B Wong, Désirée van der Heijde

EULAR recommendations for the management of rheumatoid arthritis with synthetic and biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs: 2013 update

Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204573

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2013

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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2011

Y van Eijk-Hustings, A van Tubergen, C Boström, E Braychenko, B Buss, J Felix, J Firth, A Hammond, B Harston, C Hernandez, M Huzjak, J Korandová, M L Kukkurainen, R Landewé, M Mezieres, M Milincovic, A Moretti, S Oliver, J Primdahl, M Scholte-Voshaar, J de la Torre-Aboki, J Waite-Jones, R Westhovens, H Andersen Zangi, T Heiberg, J Hill
EULAR recommendations for the role of the nurse in the management of chronic inflammatory arthritis

Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2011-200185

Published Online First 28 October 2011

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2010

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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2008

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

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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.