Early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Chiwai Tong*, Fred J. Joshua

*Corresponding author for this work

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• Early referral, early diagnosis and early introduction of disease modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy can improve the course of rheumatoid arthritis. • DMARD therapy, with the aim of reducing joint inflammation, can prevent joint damage and limit functional disability. • Regular monitoring of disease activity and for drug toxicity is important. • Screening and management of vascular risk factors and osteoporosis are necessary in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. • Patient education and support are crucial in management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalMedicine Today
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


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