On this episode, titled Why Optimal Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Take so Long to Achieve we will hear from Dr. Michele Meltzer from Jefferson University Hospitals.
Dr. Michele Meltzer:
One of the very sad aspects of being a rheumatologist today is that we see patients who already have advanced disease by the time they come to see us and there are several reasons for this. One is, is that there is just not enough rheumatologists out there. There are not enough of us to educate in medical schools and in the residencies, so that many primary care physicians are unable to recognize early rheumatoid arthritis.
An additional problem is public awareness, and many of the patients assume that their joint pain may be a normal part of aging and don’t seek medical attention.
And the third problem is, I already alluded to, is that there is a shortage of rheumatologists, so many communities don’t have a rheumatologist, or if there is a rheumatologist, the wait time may be several months.
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