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Autoimmune diseases Part 2: Disease modifying treatments and monitoring

Content developed by Clarity Informatics,

Dr Gerry Morrow MB ChB, MRCGP, Dip CBT

Medical Director Clarity Informatics and Editor, Clinical Knowledge Summaries


In part 1, we described the signs and symptoms of, and investigations used to diagnose common autoimmune diseases. In part 2, we consider the function and effects of disease modifying treatments, a practical approach to shared monitoring and a referral strategy for those who may need specialist care.


  • Describe the two categories of disease modifying antirheumatic drugs
  • Explain their mechanism of action
  • List the potential adverse effects associated with these drugs
  • Describe and undertake the appropriate monitoring of individuals taking these drugs
  • Describe the circumstances when specialist services need to be contacted.

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