Survey: Patient-Doctor Relationship Can Positively Affect RA Management

The Rheumatologist—October 14, 2015

The Rheumatologist's Linda Childers reports that a new survey shows that individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience better disease management based on their perception of their disease and their relationship with their healthcare provider.

In addition to providing information about setting treatment goals, the article also provides different ways to enhance communication between physicians and patients that include encouraging patients to attend educational seminars, group appointments and support groups. Hospital for Special Surgery offers two free support groups for RA patients: "Living with RA" and an "Early RA Support and Education Program".

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