10 Healthcare Essentials for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Published: 1 Apr 2016

Here are 10 essential checks and services you should be entitled to and may benefit from knowing about.

When you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, understandably, you don’t know what you don’t know. It makes a huge difference if your initial experience of care is positive. Understanding what good care looks like from the word go and what to expect and ask for can make a big difference to your emotional and physical wellbeing.

Based on NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), SMC (Scottish Medicines Consortium), Sign Guidelines, the NHS and British Society for Rheumatology guidance, there is a minimum level of healthcare that every person with RA deserves and should expect. Here are 10 essential checks and services you should be entitled to and may benefit from knowing about. If you don’t think you are getting all the care you need, take this checklist to your rheumatology healthcare team and discuss it with them.

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