130842 - Individualising Treatment for Your Patients with RA: A Joint Approach
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease characterised by persistent joint synovial tissue inflammation.7 The typical patient with RA presents with insidious symptoms, with morning joint stiffness typically the first manifestation. Symmetrical polyarthritis associated with pain and swelling is characteristic of the disease. In Australia, most recent government reports indicate that approximately 2% of the population report living with this disease, which can be associated with substantial disability and economic loss. Given that a window of opportunity exists to initiate early therapy that can change the course of the disease, it is therefore important to diagnose and treat RA early.
A management approach that involves a multidisciplinary team of health professionals should be encouraged and supported by GPs to optimise treatment of patients with RA.