Portuguese Recommendations for the use of biological therapies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis- 2016 update

Catia Duarte, Joana Sousa-Neves, Ana Águeda, Pedro Ribeiro, Alexandra Daniel, Gisela Eugénio, Sofia Serra, Filipe Araújo, Anabela Barcelos, Barcelos Filipe, Miguel Bernardes, Helena Canhão, Marcos Cerqueira, Susana Capela, Ana Cordeiro, Flavio Costa, Lucia Costa, Margarida Cruz, Luis Cunha Miranda, Catarina DuarteSandra Falcão, Daniela Faria, Ricardo Figueira, João Pedro Freitas, Maria João Gonçalves, João Madruga Dias, José Melo Gomes, Ana Filipa Mourão, Adriano Neto, Filipa Oliveira Ramos, Sofia Pimenta, Patricia Pinto, Joaquim Polido-Pereira, Cristina Ponte, João Ramos, Ana Rodrigues, Helena Santos, Maria José Santos, Alexandre Sepriano, Candida Silva, José Tavares Costa, Filipa Teixeira, Vitor Teixeira, Paula Valente, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Rita Barros, Pedro Abreu, João Eurico Fonseca

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To update the recommendations for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) with biological therapies, endorsed by the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology (SPR).

METHODS: These treatment recommendations were formulated by Portuguese rheumatologists based on literature evidence and consensus opinion. At a national meeting the 10 recommendations were discussed and updated. The document resulting from this meeting circulated to all Portuguese rheumatologists, who anonymously voted online on the level of agreement with the recommendations.

RESULTS: These recommendations cover general aspects as shared decision, prospective registry in Reuma.pt, assessment of activity and RA impact and treatment objective. Consensus was also achieved regarding specific aspects as initiation of biologic therapy, assessment of response, switching and definition of persistent remission.

CONCLUSION: These recommendations may be used for guidance of treatment with biological therapies in patients with RA. As more evidence becomes available and more therapies are licensed, these recommendations will be updated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalActa reumatologica portuguesa
Volume42(2)
Issue numberApr-Jun
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    Duarte, C., Sousa-Neves, J., Águeda, A., Ribeiro, P., Daniel, A., Eugénio, G., ... Fonseca, J. E. (2018). Portuguese Recommendations for the use of biological therapies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis- 2016 update. Acta reumatologica portuguesa, 42(2)(Apr-Jun), 21-35.