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Research and Clinical Guidelines

New Guidelines for GCA were published in January 2020.  You can find them by following this link.

From time to time the charity becomes aware of ongoing research into both the conditions and related material. We will add it here once we are confident with the source. Wherever possible we provide a link to the originating website.

Guidelines published by the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) and British Health Professionals (BHPR) in Rheumatology for Polymyalgia Rheumatica (correct as at spring 2014) and Giant Cell Arteritis (correct as at January 2020) please click these links PMR or GCA.

You may have seen reference to the 'Quick and Kirwin' paper on various forums and websites. Please follow THIS LINK to access a copy. Of particular interest please see the PMR and GCA treatment regimes which can be found on page 344 and 346.

Arthritis Research UK periodically publish papers for health professionals and students under the general heading 'Hands On'. In Spring 2014 the topic was Polymyalgia Rheumatica and is a very worthwhile read that can be found by following THIS LINKIf you wish, a PDF can be downloaded from there. Other useful subjects in this series that may be of interest if you have other conditions.

A clinical review of Polymyalgia Rheumatica co-authored by Dr Sarah L Mackie (clinical lecturer) and Professor Christian D Mallen can be found by following THIS LINK.

If you are interested in the Design of the Tocilizumab (TCZ) in Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) Trial (GiACTA) you can find it by following THIS LINK or if you would prefer it in non-medical language you can download the detail HERE

If you would like to help The Marijke Foundation in their attempts to generate more international public awareness and media attention for the issue of Early Recognition/Diagnosis of the diseases GCA and PMR (and MGCA) please see the following.

Patients who already have a diagnosis Giant Cell Arteritis and/or Polymyalgia Rheumatica and are being treated or already cured, are invited to fill out the Feedback Symptomatrix'.

Their data are important for the epidemiological research of the Marijke Foundation. This research is the source for continuous fine tuning and improvements of the Diagnostic Symptomatrix.

The charity has had a close working relationship with the foundation for many years but please be aware that they are an independent organisation so any communication you have with them will not be shared with PMRGCAuk.

If you are having difficulty retrieving a printed version of any of these documents to take to your GP or other medical practitioner, please contact us on giving us your email address and location and we will send on to you.

If you become aware of something new, or if you notice that our links are outdated (or don't work) please email us at and we will do our best to address the issue.

With thanks to our partner organisation PMR GCA Scotland for the information on this page
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