Having more rheumatology patients see nurse practitioners as part of their medical team could help increase access to care and decrease wait times.
Younger people are more likely than older adults to lack a primary care provider.
Until 2019, the U.S. Virgin Islands had no full-time rheumatologist.
‘Even my regular doctors don’t remember my history off the top of their heads. It’s up to me to be constantly vigilant.’
Almost half of doctors surveyed said that patient-reported symptoms were crucial in guiding treatment decisions.
Brain fog, fatigue, and chronic pain are a perfect storm for not remembering to take all your doses on time.
Whether a rheumatologist has been your partner in health for years or you’re pondering seeing one for the first time, here’s some things to know about these quite special specialists.
Lack of time at the doctor’s office may be a big reason for the knowledge gap.
Rheumatology nurses are a wealth of information, both practical and medical. Time to take advantage of it.
It’s a key part of the doctor-patient relationship, but too many patients and doctors aren’t using this process regularly.
This doctor-patient relationship has a huge impact on your well-being. Make sure it’s a good one.
“It’s hard to plan for my life when no one will tell me the hard truth.”
Quit these habits and you’ll be a lot healthier — and happier.
It can some patients a decade to get the right diagnosis. This advice should significantly speed up the process.
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