Library services & resources for Rheumatology

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital and gives details of selected content available in
Rheumatology staff & students on placement
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
Click here to visit our main library website.

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.


NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Clinical guide for the management of rheumatology patients
Musculoskeletal guides



NICE COVID-19 Rapid guidelines
Rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders


British Society for Rheumatology
COVID-19 update
Management of patients with musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions on corticosteroids


COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.


Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.




New ebook content added 29/07/2020
Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease Dougherty, Scott.
you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


New ebook content added 16/06/2020
Oxford Handbook of Musculoskeletal Nursing 2nd ed. edited by Susan M. Oliver. 2020
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)





Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- incl topics for nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine- good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics including Rheumatology
useful for health psychology/recovery

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See the library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.



Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate ‘an evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).






Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Rheumatology journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

Journal Coverage Notes
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 1939-
Arthritis 2010-
Arthritis and rheumatology 2014-
Arthritis care and research 1999-
Arthritis Research and Therapy 1999-
Autoimmunity Reviews 2007-  
Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology 2007-
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2000-
BMJ 1840-
BMJ Case Reports 2008- You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
Bone 2007-
Bone Reports 2015-
Bone Research 2013-
Case Reports in Rheumatology 2011-
Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism 2004-
Clinical Rheumatology  2011-
Current Opinion in Rheumatology 1999-
Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine  2008-
Foot (The) 2007-
Foot and Ankle Clinics 2007-
Hand Clinics 2007-
International Journal of Rheumatology 2009-
International journal of rheumatic diseases 2008-
Joint Bone Spine 2007-
Journal of Autoimmunity 2007-
Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle 2010-
Journal of Rheumatology 2001- Institutional username & Password required- contact or ring
01752 439111 to request details
Note: We also have 1983- in print @ shelf 178 Discovery Library
Knee (The) 2007-
Lancet 2007-
Lupus Science and Medicine 2014-
Open Rheumatology Journal 2007-
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2007-
Pediatric Rheumatology 2007-
Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America 2007-
Rheumatology and Therapy 2014-
Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 2007-
Spine 1996-
Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease  2009-



Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).

Selected orthopaedics ebooks from 2009 onwards –click title to login with NHS Athens account

Title Year Edition First Author
ABC of common soft tissue disorders. 2016 Morris
ABC of rheumatology 2018 5th Adebajo
Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease 2021 Dougherty
Arthritis and arthroplasty: the spine. 2010 Shen
Arthritis in black and white 2012 3rd Brower
The autoimmune diseases 2014 5th Rose
Bone and soft tissue pathology 2012 Horvai
Crash Course: Rheumatology and orthopaedics (up to 3 simultaneous users) 2013 3rd Elias-Jones
Dubois’ lupus erythematosus and related syndromes 2019 9th Wallace
Essentials of physical medicine and rehabilitation: musculoskeletal disorders, pain, and rehabilitation. 2015 3rd Frontera
Fam’s musculoskeletal examination and joint injection techniques 2010 2nd Lawry
Genomic and Precision Medicine: Infectious and Inflammatory Disease 2019 3rd Ginsburg
Gout and other crystal arthropathies 2012 Terkeltaub
Infection and autoimmunity 2015 2nd Shoenfeld
Injection techniques in musculoskeletal medicine: a practical manual for clinicians in primary and secondary care. 2019 5th Saunders
Kelley and Firestein’s textbook of rheumatology 2017 10th Firestein
Morrey’s the elbow and its disorders. 2018 5th Morrey
Musculoskeletal Imaging 2015 2nd Pope
Musculoskeletal Physical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach 2017 2nd Malanga
Netter collection of medical illustrations: Musculoskeletal system, biology and systemic diseases 2012 2nd Iannotti
Netter collection of medical illustrations: Musculoskeletal system, spine and lower limb 2013 2nd  Iannotti
Netter collection of medical illustrations: Musculoskeletal system, upper limb 2013 2nd  Iannotti
Nursing older people with arthritis and other rheumatological conditions 2020 Ryan
Osteoporosis 2013 4th Marcus
Oxford Handbook of Musculoskeletal Nursing
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2020 2 Oliver
Oxford handbook of rheumatology
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2018 4th Clunie
Pediatric Bone: Biology & Diseases 2012 2nd Glorieux
Presentation, Imaging and Treatment of Common Musculoskeletal Conditions: MRI-Arthroscopy Correlation 2012 Miller
Rheumatoid arthritis (Fast facts) 2011 2nd Isaacs
Rheumatology 2019 7th Hochberg
Rheumatology: a clinical handbook 2014 Al-Sukaini
Rheumatology, orthopaedics and trauma at a glance  2012 2nd Swales
Rheumatology secrets 2020 4th West
Sjogren’s Syndrome 2016 Gerli
Systemic lupus erythematosus: basic, applied and clinical applications 2016 5th Tsokos
Targeted treatment of the rheumatic diseases. 2010 Weisman
Textbook of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rheumatology 2013 2nd Luqmani
Textbook of pediatric rheumatology. 2016 7th Petty
Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections 2018 Allen