Evaluation of a patient self-stratification methodology to identify those in need of shielding during COVID-19

Clin Med (Lond). 2020 Nov;20(6):e212-e214. doi: 10.7861/clinmed.2020-0469. Epub 2020 Sep 11.


The logistical challenges of rapidly and accurately identifying those patients who needed to shield during the COVID-19 pandemic were unprecedented. We report our experiences of meeting this challenge for >9,000 patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease at our centre, incorporating an element of guided patient self-stratification. Our results indicate that patients are able to stratify their own risk accurately using the BSR COVID-19 risk stratification guidance.

Keywords: British Society for Rheumatology; COVID-19; rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease; service evaluation.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Internet-Based Intervention
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Rheumatic Diseases / therapy
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Self Report*
  • United Kingdom