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Rheumatic diseases are often complex and affect many aspects of the patient’s life. Effective management requires the coordinated efforts of a diverse group of professionals. With the patient as its central focus, the role of the multidisciplinary team is to assess and manage the patient’s symptoms and their effects on physical, psychological, and social functioning. The priorities of treatment are determined with the patient, resulting in a treatment plan that will lead to the best control of the disease and its symptoms, and improve patient functioning.
The following pages outline the role of many health professionals you might come into contact with as a rheumatology patient.