This meeting was stimulating, enlightening and a reminder of what we don’t know (such as the jump from anti-CCP to inflammation and the choice of joints) and what we may forget (such as half the measures used in DAS28 being subjective and subject to influence by all those unhappy life experiences we may or may not ask about when diagnosing fibromyalgia).
Professor Taylor’s and Professor Barton’s excellent talks left me wondering whether a very expensive drug (or a series of said drugs from a frustrated rheumatologist) may validate a sad life or feeling unappreciated, where RA is the last straw. Taxpayers beware: rheumatologists are neither psychologists nor psephologists.
As a codger not yet thrice jabbed, I was glad the meeting was so accessible remotely, and I was there to feed the dog. Thank you very much.