Winter 2023 (Volume 33, Number 4)

Update from the Guidelines Committee

By Glen Hazlewood, MD, PhD, FRCPC; and
Orit Schieir, PhD

Download PDF

The Guidelines Committee is very much “alive”. CRA living guidelines are now active for rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) uveitis, and COVID-19 vaccination, with spondyloarthritis and transition of care slated for 2024. Living guidelines are continually updated over time, with new recommendations added and existing recommendations modified if necessary. All of CRA’s living guidelines are published through the MAGICApp, an online guideline publishing platform. They can be accessed through the CRA website at Each guideline is also published in journal format through the Journal of Rheumatology, but the online version will always be the latest version.

Over this year, we are also working on some CME activities linked to the guidelines, in collaboration with the Education Committee. Our “Guidelines Corner” section of the CRAJ launched in the Fall issue and will highlight selected recommendations from our guidelines.

The Guidelines Committee would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the success of the committee over the past year: Sarah Webster for the amazing administrative support to the committee; Jordi Pardo and Cochrane Musculoskeletal for providing methodological support; Arnav Agarwal and the MAGICApp team; and of course all members of the Guidelines Committee and panelists, including the dedicated patients who participate in the guideline panels.

There are many opportunities to be involved in evidence reviews or guidelines through the CRA, either as a trainee or a practicing rheumatologist. CRA members, please reach out to Sarah Webster at

Glen Hazlewood, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Chair, CRA Guidelines Committee
Associate Professor,
Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences,
Cumming School of Medicine,
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Orit Schieir, PhD
Vice Chair, CRA Guidelines Committee
Scientific Program Director, Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Outcomes
Research and Evaluation (CORE)
Department of Medicine, McGill University
Montreal, Quebec


The access code to enter this site can be found on page 4 of the most recent issue of The Journal of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRAJ) or at the top of the most recent CRAJ email blast you received. Healthcare professionals can also obtain the access code by sending an email to

Remember Me