Physician-patient discordance / disagreement Archives | Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

5 RA Facts Everyone Needs to Know

Driven to uncover RA facts My search for facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) led me to build this website. So many questions. So much misinformation, blame, and confusion out there. It all contributed to my passion for uncovering RA facts and making them clear. I didn’t feel ready when I started writing this blog in 2009. There...Continue reading      16 Comments » Read more

Remaining Pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

A common problem: remaining pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis Remaining pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) has been a topic on RAW since 2009. We've discussed how people manage the common “leftover” symptoms such pain, fatigue, and stiffness while being treated for rheumatoid disease. Leftover or remaining pain is the subject of an interesting abstract reported at the recent...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

Medscape Symposium Reveals Attitudes #Rheum Patients Encounter

Recently, we looked at a new report showing machines used to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) vary considerably in ability to detect inflammation, and warning about the use of MSUS in treatment decisions when the machines are not yet accuracy rated. We know that Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) predict prognosis in Rheumatoid Disease (RD), but...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Could Ultrasound Prevent Rheumatology Patients from Receiving Disease Treatments?

This is the 10th in a series on musculoskeletal ultrasound use in people living with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD). This is a critical topic for PRD that could have enormous impact on clinical care – positively or negatively – in light of results from two recent studies. Musculoskeletal ultrasound can help “see” invisible disease activity Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS)...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Do Not Kiss Me

Do not kiss me because I have a suppressed immune system… In “Kiss My…” a physician blog in Rheumatology News, Dr. Larry Greenbaum wrote, “I charged him level 5 for taking so much of my time, for bad-mouthing his previous doctors, and for incessant whining.” Noontime Monday I clicked into the Facebook (FB) feed for the RA...Continue reading      81 Comments » Read more

Disparity Between Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients & Doctors over Disease Activity

Will one more RA disparity study make a difference for patients? Discrepancy & Rheumatoid Arthritis: inseparable as thunder & lightning Discrepancy. A word I probably used three times during the first four decades of my life. And then came Rheumatoid Disease. This word is the shortest explanation for the reason RA Warrior exists. I was stunned by the...Continue reading      42 Comments » Read more

Would Relying on Patient Generated Data Make a Difference?

Discrepancy between patient generated data and clinician reported data Recently on the blog, I mentioned an oft-quoted study which suggests that the disease course for Rheumatoid Arthritis is becoming milder. Something puzzled me at the end of the report. The researchers noticed that Rheumatoid Arthritis patients’ ratings of their disease activity were opposite to that of...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more
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