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Psychological and social needs of people with rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with an increased prevalence of depression and anxiety (Matcham et al, 2013). The level of depression is similar to that experienced by people with diabetes,...

Systemic lupus erythematosus: overview, management and COVID-19

Due to the complexity and heterogeneity of the disease, SLE demands a meticulous history, extensive physical examination and specific laboratory assessments. Common constitutional symptoms include...

Cardiovascular disease risk in rheumatoid arthritis

In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, regular screening and management of hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes and obesity are vital to mitigate cardiovascular risk. Other variables, such as...

Examining the impact of video-based outpatient education on patient demand for a rheumatology CNS service

Current practice in Irish rheumatology units is that either a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) delivers patient education to patients in a multitude of formats,...

Introducing an ANP-led temporal artery biopsy service for patients with suspected giant cell arteritis

GCA is associated with several potentially insidious symptoms; however, none of them are specific enough (pathognomonic) to the disease to be definitively diagnostic. Typically, patients will present...

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