Busy days, overbooked patients and EMR overloads will certainly derail your day, especially if you don’t have a system to optimize efficiency. However, in your harried efforts you may overlook several simple, smart, if not crucial, tasks while seeing your next patient.
Angie is my last patient before lunch. I've known her since her RA diagnosis at age 17 years. And for the last 7 years, she’s matured into a fabulous young woman who has adeptly grown her professional life, her dating life and developed her independence, despite her severely active rheumatoid arthritis. But today I see she has a troubled and anxious look as I greet her.
Rheumatology is the perfect blend of opposites: art and science; technology and skills; young and
It's Monday morning and my first patient is a newly diagnosed rheumatoid. This is his first visit back after starting methotrexate 6 weeks ago. Despite doing great and in remission with only one active joint, he asks, “Are sure this is RA? Or could this be Still’s disease?” Admittedly, this is a weird second-visit question, but I was impressed.
A recent analysis of 3 groups of treatment-naïve, early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) patients looke