What are the benefits of active participation of families in the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Active participation of the patient and family in the design and implementation of the therapeutic program helps boost morale and to ensure compliance, as does explaining the rationale for the therapies used.

The family also plays an important part in striking the proper balance between dependence and independence. Household members should avoid overprotecting the patient (eg, the spouse refraining from intercourse out of fear of hurting the patient) and should work to sustain the patient’s pride and ability to contribute to the family. Allowing the patient with RA to struggle with a task is sometimes constructive.


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