the importance of body image and
sexuality in young patients and how
health professionals can address
these aspects of patient care.
Health professionals suggested
the various themes as ones that
deserve focus. “The diversity in the
programme reflects some of the HPR
areas in which new knowledge is
needed,” Dr. Moe said.
A project session on Friday, “
Jewels in the crown of health professionals,” is an opportunity for attendees
“to learn about recent findings from
the EULAR project on core competencies of HPRs and what different
health professionals are especially
brilliant at,” Dr. Moe said. With talks
that cover nursing, occupational
therapy, and physical therapy perspectives, the session will highlight
“some of the complexity of HPR core
competencies” and facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration, she added.
The overarching objective of the
HPR programme is to provide patients with the best evidence-based
care, Dr. Moe said.
To that end, a joint session of HPR
and People with Arthritis and Rheumatism in Europe (PARE) on Thursday
will evaluate the evidence for various nondrug aspects of treatment,
including nutrition, self-management,
and psychological well-being. The
session, “Treatment is more than
drugs,” will examine the extent to
which nutrition may influence inflammatory processes, outline elements
of self-management, discuss the psychological impact of rheumatic and
musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs),
and share support strategies.
“As the amount of people diag-
nosed with RMDs is rapidly increas-
ing ... along with an increasing
evidence base for the beneficial
effect of nonpharmacological treat-
ments, it is natural to focus on what
we can do to help people with RMDs
in the best possible way,” said Dr.
Moe, cochair of the joint session. In
general, all people with RMDs stand
to benefit from education and physi-
cal activity, some need pharmacolog-
ic and nonpharmacologic treatments,
and a few need surgery.
“We need to use the EULAR con-
ference to focus on the best pos-
sible evidence-based contributions
by HPR to fight RMDs and the RMD
burden,” she said. “This is what is in
the forefront of our minds when we
plan the EULAR Congress HPR part
of the programme, together with the
patient organisation and the rheuma-
Further presentations include HPR
abstract sessions scheduled for
Thursday and Friday, where investiga-
tors will share their latest research.
On Wednesday, “Rehabilitation:
Opening Pandora’s Box” addresses
the state of the art of rehabilitation
within the field of RMDs, challenges
in measuring rehabilitation outcomes,
and how to organise interdisciplinary
Also on Wednesday afternoon is
the session “The riddle of adherence,” which will provide information
about adherence screening tools and
priorities in clinical care.
On Thursday afternoon, “Exercise –
more than a wonder drug” highlights
recent findings about exercise as a
treatment for RMDs and how to facilitate it.
On Friday afternoon, “Know your
methods! Interactive discussion,”
cochaired by Prof. Stamm, explores
the methods behind evidence-based
knowledge in rheumatology and
when and how to implement various
Saturday sessions will focus on
orthotics and fibromyalgia. “Orthotic
treatment: Is it in or out?” includes
lectures about orthoses and assistive
devices for the foot, lower limb, and
hand. “Behaviour change in fibromyalgia” features case presentations. The
presentations will cover recent developments in fibromyalgia and help
attendees better understand the condition and how to care for patients.
HPRs within EULAR are increasingly active in education, research,
international projects, study groups,
collaborations, and recommendations, Dr. Moe noted. “We are
happy to be working with more and
more HPRs from different European
“I look forward to the numerous
health professionals networking at
the EULAR Congress 2019 and to the
interesting research results from our
community,” Prof. Stamm said.
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“We need to use the EULAR
conference to focus on the
best possible evidence-based
contributions by HPR to fight
RMDs and the RMD burden.
This is what is in the forefront
of our minds when we plan
the EULAR Congress.”