Pincus T, Segurado OG: Most visits of most patients with rheumatoid arthritis to most rheumatologists
do not include a formal quantitative joint count.
Of 122 physicians who responded to an electronic survey, there were 27 geriatricians, 25 endocrinologists, 23 obstetrician/gynecologists, 20 rheumatologists
, 19 primary care physicians, and 8 orthopedic surgeons.
That's not to say that rheumatologists
don't have a key role to play in providing at least a one-time consultation to confirm the diagnosis.
They are going to orthopaedic surgeons for operations to deal with their problems because they can't get to me, but if there were enough rheumatologists
some of the orthopaedic operations might not even be necessary.
Unlike many other doctors, rheumatologists
care for diseases that affect not only bones, joints and muscles, but also the immune system, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and kidneys.
Despite their high satisfaction ratings for Benlysta, close to half of rheumatologists
participating in this study feel that their moderate-to-severe patients are optimally managed with the currently available therapies for SLE, indicating an unmet need for new therapies to treat these patients remains high.
The number of rheumatologists
were totaled for each Core Based Statistical Area-a way to categorize geographic regions of the U.
These findings suggest that even among rheumatologists
, gout management may not be optimal and may be inadequately aggressive in the most severe patients," Dr.
The highest response rates were from pediatric rheumatologists
(100 of 247, 40%) and the lowest from sports medicine specialists (12 of 106, 11%).
Pediatricians and Family Physicians Face Challenges With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis * Percentage of Percentage of Pediatricians Family Physicians Physician refers to confirm diagnosis and guide initial therapy 45% 61% Physician refers for all JRA diagnosis and care 43% 32% Physician refers only if disease worsens 6% 4% Physician's practice policy restricts referral 7% 6% Physician handles diagnosis/ treatment of JRA 1% 1% Physician is adequately trained in JRA 18% 12% Physician is comfortable diagnosing JRA 42% 19% Physician is up to date on new treatments 10% 4% Physician's community lacks local rheumatologists
5% 5% * Based on a random, mailed survey of 515 pediatricians and 513 family physicians.
The situation at the University Hospital of Wales has now become so bad that consultant rheumatologists
have been forced to close waiting lists for initial out-patient appointments as they feel they have no realistic chance of seeing them.
specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of myopathies.
The textbook is best suited for rheumatologists
either in training or desirous of a current approach to medical management.
In a recent survey of more than 1,740 physicians for 33 board-certified specialties, rheumatologists
(arthritis specialists) cited the close and long-term relationships they share with their patients as playing a key role in their career satisfaction.
The Majority of Surveyed Rheumatologists
Report That Payers Require Patients with Peripheral or Axial Predominant Psoriatic Arthritis Fail Treatment with Conventional DMARDs and/or NSAIDs Prior to Receiving Biologics