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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 23 No. 4 Update on management of rheumatoid arthritis

9 October, 2017

Update on management of rheumatoid arthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality
  • All patients with suspected RA should be referred urgently to a rheumatologist
  • The early initiation of disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in patients with RA has been shown to improve outcomes
  • The choice of treatment should be based on the individual patient taking into account the disease activity, co-morbidities and safety issues