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Abstract

Rehabilitation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Rehabilitation of patients with rheumatoid arthritis aims to the management of the consequences of disease. It is widely accepted that, no drug therapy at present leads to long-term remission for everyone with rheumatoid arthritis (R.A.). Consequently, patients experience physical, psychological, functional, social and role negative effects of the disease.Aim: The aim of the present article was to evaluate the role of rehabilitation to patients with rheumatoid arthritisMethod and material: The methodology followed included review of studies which were related to rehabilitation of patients with rheumatoid arthritisResults: The majority of the studies claims that rehabilitation of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, is a matter of primary importance. The importance of early provision of specialist rheumatology care, patient education and promotion of self- management; and the evidence for the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions and multidisciplinary care.Conclusions: Individuals who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis can derive significant benefits from rehabilitation programmes. To provide best care, rehabilitation standards and services should be based on the best available evidence.


Author(s): Giavasopoulos Evaggelos

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