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Disease assessment and monitoring patients for follow up

Theodore Pincus and Raashid Luqmani

in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199556755
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199556755.003.0004

Series: Oxford Rheumatology Library

Disease assessment and monitoring patients for follow up

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• It is important to use a quantitative clinical measure, not just a laboratory test at each patient visit in order to evaluate disease status • The aim of treatment is to achieve remission, ideally guided by a quantitative index • Be aware of comorbidities, which are common in patients with RA • Record information in a structured format and include a flowsheet so that the change in disease status can readily be recognized.

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Subjects: Rheumatology

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