HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Rheumatoid arthritis patients caught in middle of doctors' disagreement over hand surgery

ANN ARBOR, MI More than two million Americans with rheumatoid arthritis are caught in the middle of a debate among physicians over which treatment medications or hand surgery will help their ravaged fingers and wrists most.

And a new University of Michigan Health System study finds that entrenched attitudes and lack of communication among rheumatologists and hand surgeons, and a dearth of data comparing the two strategies, are keeping the controversy going.

Only large studies evaluating the effectiveness of various hand operations, the researchers say, will quell the debate and help patients get consistent and beneficial care no matter what kind of doctor they see or where they live.

The multidisciplinary U-M research team reports its latest findings about attitudes among rheumatologists and surgeons in the current issue of the Journal of Rheumatology. They published previous attitude-related results in the Journal of Hand Surgery earlier this year, and last October they reported dramatic state-by-state variation in hand surgery rates in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

"What we're finding is that rheumatoid arthritis care can vary tremendously depending on where patients live, what type of physician they're referred to, how much cross-training and interaction those physicians have with others, and what an individual doctor personally thinks of other specialties," says Amy Alderman, M.D., M.P.H., lead author of all three studies and a resident in Plastic & Reconstructive surgery at UMHS. "Since this is a debilitating, chronic condition that affects so many, it's very concerning that we don't have a consensus or communication among providers."

Alderman and her U-M colleagues -- who include a rheumatologist, a senior hand surgeon, general internists and a statistician -- surveyed nearly 1,000 doctors selected by random sampling from among the members of top rheumatology and hand surgery societies. For the October paper,
'"/>

Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
25-Jul-2003


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related medicine news :

1. Rheumatoid arthritis patients have double the risk of heart failure
2. Rheumatoid arthritis linked to excess risk of congestive heart failure
3. Rheumatoid arthritis patients at higher risk for unrecognized heart disease and cardiac sudden death
4. Rheumatoid arthritis causes increased complications and health care costs in inpatient and outpatient settings
5. ENBREL (Etanercept) Receives FDA Approval For Treatment Of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
6. Positive Results Of Pivotal Phase III Trial With ENBREL In Patients With Early, Active Rheumatoid Arthritis
7. Hopkins Researchers Develop New Therapy For Autoimmune Disorders Such As Rheumatoid Arthritis And Lupus
8. Changing Drug Delivery For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Increases Effectiveness, Lowers Costs
9. Immunosuppressive Treatment Is Important For Sufferers Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
10. University seeks recruits for arthritis study
11. A shallow hip socket predicts osteoarthritis of the hip

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as reported by ... lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to infest common ... the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice are a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, ... at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health ... annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out ... family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers ... would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for ... $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same ... wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... is actively feeding the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging ... the past 2½ years that have already resulted in more than a million ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  MedSource announced today ... its e-clinical software solution of choice.  This latest ... possible value to their clients by offering a ... preferred relationship establishes nowEDC as the EDC platform ... MedSource,s full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long been a ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) ... Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing ... With this clearance, Roche is the first IVD company ... for sepsis risk assessment and management. PCT ... PCT levels in blood can aid clinicians in assessing ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , , , WHEN: , , ... , , , LOCATION: , , , Online, with free registration ... PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & Sullivan,s Global Vice President of ... Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, Program Manager , ... witnessing an exceptional era. Several new demand spaces, such as innovative ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: