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01-04-2020 | COVID-19 | News

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EULAR launches COVID-19 database

Author: Claire Barnard


medwireNews: EULAR has announced the launch of a European pediatric and adult registry to monitor the outcomes of patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases who develop COVID-19.

“This is a European effort working closely with the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance,” said EULAR in a press release, noting that anonymized data collected by the European registry will be shared with the global database.

EULAR asks that rheumatologists from countries that are part of EULAR or the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society report all cases, regardless of severity, to the EULAR-COVID-19 database only, to avoid duplication of records. If cases have been reported to a national database, they should not be reported again in the EULAR registry.

“There is an urgent need to understand outcomes of patients who acquire COVID-19 and are receiving steroids, synthetic or biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,” said Pedro Machado, Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee of Epidemiology and Health Services Research.

“This will help guide rheumatologists and other clinicians such as specialist nurses in advising and caring for their patients,” he added.

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