Joint pain

September 2010

AFP in practice

AFP in Practice

Volume 39, No.9, September 2010 Pages 701-701

Carolyn O’Shea

AFP in Practice questions are designed to get you started in a small group learning (SGL) activity in your practice or with colleagues. Requirements to earn 40 Category 1 CPD points for a SGL activity are: minimum of four and a maximum of 10 people, minimum of 8 hours of discussion in a year, and at least two GPs. Groups may include anyone else who has an interest (ie. practice nurses, community health workers, allied health professionals). A kit with all the instructions and forms you need is available at

Learning objectives

After completion of this activity participants will be able to:

  • conduct a consultation aiming to change the health beliefs of a patient
  • identify the required monitoring and impact on preventive activities of disease modifying anti-rheumatic medications (DMARDs)
  • suggest ways to minimise the functional impact of arthritis on a patient
  • describe your approach to complementary medicines
  • examine and identify improvements in practice systems to identify patients taking DMARDs.

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