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The Rheumatology Health Care Team

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The ACR and ARHP have prepared information for patients about 30 rheumatic diseases and 12 rheumatic conditions, about the caregivers who treat patients with arthritis, and about several common medications used to treat rheumatic diseases.

Roles of the Rheumatology Health Care Team:

Because 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 briefing papers outline the role of many health professionals you might come into contact with as a rheumatology patient.

Topic

Date Updated

Author(s)

Language

What is a Rheumatologist?

2012-08

Raymond L. Yung, MD

English

¿Qué es un Reumatólogo? - Español

2012-08

Raymond L. Yung, MD

Español

Clinical Nurse Specialist

2014-03

Practice Committee

English
Health Educator

2014-06

Practice Committee

English

Licensed Psychologist 
  
2014-05 Practice Committee English
Nurse Practitioner 2014-03

Practice Committee

English

Occupational Therapist

2014-06

Practice Committee

English

Pharmacist

2014-06

Practice Committee

English

Physical Therapist

2014-06

Practice Committee

English

Physician Assistant

2014-05

Practice Committees

English

Registered Dietitian 
  
2014-06 Practice Committees English
Registered Nurse

2014-03

Practice Committee

English

Rheumatologist

2012-08

Raymond L. Yung, MD

English

El Papel del Reumatólogo en el Tratamiento de las Enfermedades Reumáticas

2012-08

Raymond L. Yung, MD

Español

Social Worker

2014-06

Practice Committee

English