Radiologist-rheumatologist multidisciplinary approach in the management of axial spondyloarthritis: a Delphi consensus statement

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OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to develop a Delphi consensus statement between rheumatologists and radiologists for the diagnosis and monitoring of axial spondyloarthritis (axial-SpA). METHODS: Following an extensive literature search to identify unmet needs and potential goals for a multidisciplinary approach, a scientific board comprising 28 Italian hospital-based rheumatologists (n=19) and radiologists (n=9) identified 8 "starting points", resulting in the development of 23 consensus statements covering issues from current practice guidelines to specific MRI protocols for the assessment of axial-SpA. Each participant anonymously expressed a level of agreement for each statement using a 5-point Likert scale (1="strongly disagree"; 5="strongly agree") via an online Delphi method.Total cumulative agreement (TCA) was defined as the sum of the percentage of response to items 4 ("agree") and 5 ("absolutely agree"). Consensus was defined as ≥80% total cumulative agreement for each statement. RESULTS: After the first round of voting (28 participants), positive consensus was reached for 28/31 (90.3%) statements. Statements without consensus (n=3) were discussed in a face-to-face plenary session prior to the second vote (28 participants). After the second round voting, positive consensus was attained for all 31 statements, with mean final TCA of 95.5% (range 82.1-100%). CONCLUSIONS: This Delphi consensus statement provides an aid to rheumatologists and radiologists for the diagnosis and monitoring of axial-SpA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-584
Number of pages10
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Volume37
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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