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The EULAR points to consider for health professionals undertaking musculoskeletal ultrasound for rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

Musculoskeletal ultrasound has evolved into an important clinical decision-making tool by assisting in the diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis, monitoring disease activity and therapeutic response, and guiding interventions.1–7 The role of the non-medical health professional has advanced, with many undertaking training and using musculoskeletal ultrasound to improve patient care and in doing so, increasing their scope of practice. Health professionals with clinical expertise and experience using ultrasound are also providing training for colleagues and medical clinicians.

As previously described among rheumatologists,8 9 the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound and training undertaken varies significantly between different professional groups and across Europe. Guidelines to support training for rheumatologists have been formulated10 but currently there are no recommendations to support the education and training needs of non-medical health professionals using musculoskeletal ultrasound.

A European...

Publisher URL: http://ard.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/77/2/311

DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-210741

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