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What is ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?
What are the AS assessments?
I think I have AS. Where can I get help?
Why do I need to give my email address and/or mobile phone number?
What is my NHS/CHI number?
How do I reset my password?
How do I invite friends to join?
How can I see my past results?

What is ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a painful, progressive form of inflammatory arthritis that mainly affects the spine, but can also affect other joints, tendons and ligaments.

Visit the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS)* website to find out more about AS and its symptoms and diagnosis.

*By clicking on this link you are leaving the AbbVie website. This is an independent website and AbbVie is not responsible for the content included.

What are the AS assessments?

The AS Assessments are a series of ongoing questionnaires completed by you that can help your healthcare professional work out the best way to manage your AS. Your doctor may ask you to complete some or all of the assessments listed below.

The Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI)

The BASDAI score measures the main symptoms of AS such as fatigue, back pain and morning stiffness. The final result is a score out of 10 and is based on answers to six questions. The higher score, the worse the symptoms.

Spinal pain

Spinal pain is measured separately from the BASDAI score and is a mark out of 10.

The Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI)

The BASFI score measures how much your AS is affecting your ability to carry out everyday tasks, like putting on socks or climbing stairs. It is based on your answers to ten questions. A higher score generally means that your AS is having more impact on your ability to carry out everyday tasks.

Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI)

The WPAI score measures your ability to work during the last week, be it in a job or at home. It is made up of four different types of scores:

  1. Absenteeism: How much time you were away from work because of your AS
  2. Presenteesism: How much time you spent at work, but were unable to fully function because of your AS
  3. Work productivity loss: How much you felt your productivity at work was affected by your AS
  4. Activity impairment: How much you felt your productivity at performing everyday tasks was affected by your AS

Your final WPAI score is a percentage out of 100. The higher the score, the more AS is affecting your ability to work.

BAS-G

The BAS-G (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Global Score) is a set of two questions looking at the effect of AS on your well being. The higher a BAS-G score the more severe the effect of AS has on your life.

AS-DAS

Your healthcare professional may use some of the information taken from the BASDAI and BAS-G assessment responses together with a blood test result to work out a disease activity score. This is known as an ASDAS (Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity) score.

I think I have AS. Where can I get help?

If you are experiencing AS symptoms you should see your healthcare professional. To find out more about the typical symptoms of AS visit the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) website.

Why do I need to give my email address and/or mobile phone number?

We need your email address or mobile number to set up your account. If you choose, we can also use your email address and/or mobile phone number to send you reminders of when your next assessment is due. Don't worry, we won't pass your details onto third parties or use it for any other purpose other than to send you reminders.

If you wish to unsubscribe from email or text reminders, please visit the 'My Profile' section where you can edit your account settings.

What is my NHS/CHI number?

Everyone who is registered with the NHS in England and Wales has their own unique NHS number. If you are registered in Scotland, you will have a CHI number. You will be given your NHS or CHI number in writing when you register with a GP. You will not be able to create an account without your NHS or CHI number (although it is still possible to complete the assessments and print them out). If you don’t know your NHS or CHI number, please contact your GP.

How do I reset my password?

If you have forgotten your password or want to change it, click on the 'Forgot your password?' link on the sign in page.

How do I invite friends to join?

You can invite your friends or contacts to join Talking AS by clicking on the 'Invite your friends' link on the home page. You can invite more than one person at the same time by entering multiple email addresses.

How can I see my past results?

You can look at previous score results by clicking on the 'My history' link on the home page. To see your results you must be logged into your account.