Companion Guide for the Self Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

INTRODUCTION

When people get a chronic disease they are faced with the fact that they are going to have to deal with circumstances and people they had not envisaged having in their lives. Knowing what are the questions you need to ask and how to best communicate with doctors and health professionals is a very important factor for a good management of a chronic disease, either from the perspective of the patient as of that of the doctor. Communication is the basis for the development of a good relationship.

The ‘Partners in Treatment’ project addresses Agoras 2nd strategic objective for the years 2011-2016 – “To stimulate the education and training of patients, volunteers, staff and health professionals by creating opportunities to exchange knowledge and experiences and produce templates for educational materials and programmes”. In this scope the ‘Partners in Treatment’ website, guide, leaflets and reference cards were created, aiming especially to teach early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis patients in their efforts to communicate better with health professional. This guide has been designed to assist, advice, and suggest people with rheumatoid arthritis, their carers, friends and family successful management ways of the disease in everyday life.

All information contained within this guide is intended for educational purposes only. Physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained within this guide. Patients should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something they may have read in this guide.

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