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Table 2 Description of self-reported ability, formal education, patient experience and assessment of 21 core competences

From: Rheumatology training experience across Europe: analysis of core competences

  Self-reported ability (score 0–10) (mean (SD)) Low self-reported ability (NRS score <5) Formal educationb (yes) Limited patient experiencec (≤10) Assessmentd (yes)
Musculoskeletal exam 9.0 (1.5) 18 (1.7 %) 785 (75 %) NR 517 (51 %)
Detection of synovitis 9.0 (1.4) 20 (1.9 %) 783 (75 %) NR 521 (52 %)
Mono-arthritis 9.1 (1.4) 15 (1.4 %) 831 (80 %) 126 (12 %) 569 (57 %)
Laboratory test interpretation 9.4 (1.1) 8 (0.7 %) 836 (81 %) NR 578 (58 %)
Osteoarthritisa 8.9 (1.6) 25 (2.3 %) 764 (74 %) 70 (7 %) 519 (52 %)
Gouta 9.1 (1.4) 18 (1.7 %) 855 (83 %) 144 (14 %) 544 (54 %)
Early rheumatoid arthritisa 9.0 (1.4) 18 (1.7 %) 925 (89 %) 97 (10 %) 604 (60 %)
Spondyloarthritisa 9.0 (1.4) 13 (1.2 %) 939 (91 %) 83 (8 %) 597 (60 %)
Autoimmune connective tissue diseasesa 8.0 (1.9) 60 (5.6 %) 821 (79 %) 214 (21 %) 568 (57 %)
Vasculitisa 7.5 (2.2) 101 (9.4 %) 768 (74 %) 450 (44 %) 513 (51 %)
Osteoporosisa 8.7 (1.6) 29 (2.7 %) 816 (79 %) 93 (9 %) 536 (53 %)
bDMARDa 8.8 (1.8) 43 (4.0 %) 814 (78 %) 170 (17 %) 527 (52 %)
Use of disease activity measures 8.9 (1.5) 22 (2.1 %) 802 (77 %) NR 537 (54 %)
Knee aspiration 9.0 (2.0) 59 (5.5 %) 828 (80 %) 186 (18 %) 483 (48 %)
Crystal identification 6.1 (3.8) 346 (32.3 %) 545 (53 %) 622 (61 %) 295 (29 %)
X-ray interpretation 8.2 (1.9) 54 (5.1 %) 725 (70 %) 104 (10 %) 473 (47 %)
Ultrasound 5.8 (3.4) 342 (32.2 %) 721 (70 %) 391 (39 %) 434 (43 %)
Multidisciplinary team 8.1 (2.3) 86 (8.1 %) NR NR 376 (37 %)
Interpret published paper 7.8 (2.1) 85 (7.9 %) 648 (62 %) NR 407 (41 %)
Presentation 8.1 (2.1) 83 (7.8 %) 618 (59 %) 408 (40 %) 472 (47 %)
Communication 8.9 (1.5) 23 (2.1 %) 547 (53 %) NR 418 (42 %)
  1. Results presented as n (%) unless otherwise specified. aTheses competences refer to managing a patient with the given disease/therapy. bFormal education refers to respondents who had received any formal education such as courses, lectures, etc. cPatient experience refers to number of patients (personally) managed during training. dAssessment refers to respondent being assessed in the given competence. bDMARD biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug, NRS numerical rating scale, NR not reported