n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Rheumatology : guest editorial

Volume 23, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... Rheumatic diseases constitute one of the commonest clinical problems. Yet until recently it has had little prominence in training programmes at undergraduate and even at postgraduate levels. Delay in making a diagnosis is a tragedy, as patients miss the opportunity for disease modification and better outcome. We need a fundamental change in attitude from referring practitioners. Unnecessary first-line referral to surgeons and consequent avoidable surgery is a significant problem that rheumatologists note every day. Referral to a rheumatologist should be seen as the first-line specialist approach for people with arthritis, where such referral is required. There are 5 rheumatology training ..

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