What is a common fear in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Aug 22, 2019
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Abandonment is a major fear in these individuals. Patients are relieved to know that they will be closely observed by the primary physician and healthcare team, working in conjunction with a consulting rheumatologist and physical/occupational therapist, all of whom are committed to maximizing the patient’s comfort and independence and to preserving joint function. With occupational therapy, the treatment effort is geared toward helping the patient maintain a meaningful work role within the limitations of the illness.


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