Diagnosis and management of early rheumatoid arthritis


Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of early rheumatoid arthritis


Chronic disease is a major public health burden on Australian society. An increasing proportion of the population has risk factors for, or at least one, chronic disease, leading to increasing public health costs.

Health service policy and delivery must address not only acute conditions, but also effectively respond to the wide range of health and public services required by people with chronic illness.

General practice plays an important role within the Australian health care system in the prevention, early detection and management of chronic disease.

The nature of general practice provides the opportunity for early screening for chronic disease and enables preventable risk factors to be addressed.

This guideline presents recommendations to assist GPs in managing patients with RA. It focuses on diagnosis, early management, and coordination of multidisciplinary care needs.

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