EULAR Epidemiology and Health Services Study Groups

Focus groups within the sphere of musculoskeletal medicine may apply for EULAR endorsement and also for support through the Standing Committee on Epidemiology.


EULAR Study Group Syndemics in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disease

The proposed EULAR Study Group (SG) aims to bring together a group of experts from all around the world, to study syndemics in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs). A syndemic approach allows the evaluation of the interaction of two or more biological diseases in different socio-cultural situations and in the context of different medical care standards. It considers potential interactions and how these may impact on the health of individuals, communities, and societies (1, 2). The syndemic relationship between RMDs, sociodemographic characteristics and comorbidities has been documented in vulnerable populations in Latin America (3). The study of syndemics in rheumatology using relevant analytical strategies is considered appropriate because of the complexity of RMDs (4).

Study Group Leader: Elena Nikiphorou. Consultant Rheumatologist, King’s College Hospital and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
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Biennial report 2021
Congress poster 2021


EULAR Epidemiology and Registeries Study Group (formerly called: EULAR Study Group on Longitudinal Observational Registers and Drug Studies / EULAR Study Group on Registers and Observational Drug Studies)

The aim of this study group is to create a platform for methodological, logistic, and scientific collaboration across European rheumatological drug registers in order to maximise the potential use of the data collected within each register, to maximise the quality of the scientific outputs within and across registers, and to maximise the exchange of experiences across registers.

Specific study group aims:

  • To share experience and best practice across all interested European rheumatology drug registers, extending beyond established registers and beyond biologics registers, through provision of regular open meetings.
  • To create a mechanism for collaborative investigator-initiated project.
  • To provide the infrastructure to enable methods-development in collaborative analysis.

Coordinator and current members :
Lead: Axel Finckh (Switzerland), Johan Askling (Sweden, current coordinator), Will Dixon (UK), Kimme Hyrich (UK), Louise Mercer (UK), Joachim Listing (Germany), Angela Zink (Germany), Tore Kvien (Norway), Merete Hetland (Denmark), Piet van Riel (Netherlands), Robert Landewe (Netherlands), Loreto Carmona (Spain), Loza Estabaliz (Spain), Jakub Zavada (Check Republic), Kalle Altonen (Finland), Philippe Ravaud (France), Rotar Ziga (Slovenia),

The Study Group is open to anyone interested in collaborative efforts in the field of European rheumatology registers.
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Biennial report 2019
Congress poster 2019


EULAR Public Health in RMDs Study Group (ex.

This Study Group evolved from the network of partners, a project supported by the EU and EULAR which completed its work in June 2013. The Study Group intends to continue and expand the work of the in view of promoting and enabling the highest standards of care in RMDs across Europe.
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Official website[*]
Congress poster 2019
Biennial report 2018


EULAR Big Data in RMDs Study Group

This study group evolved from the EULAR task force project on Big Data and mainly focuses on the use of Big Data / AI in the field of epidemiological and outcomes research (rather than omics or basic science big data).
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Application Form 

In accordance with the EULAR Statutes, it is possible to apply for a title of a EULAR Study Group 

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