MPs urge better training of GPs to ensure more rapid diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 23 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1092
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    A major public education campaign alerting people to the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and better training for GPs in diagnosing the condition are needed to ensure that treatment starts more quickly to reduce long term disability and joint damage, warns a report from the UK’s parliamentary public spending watchdog.

    The report from the Committee of Public Accounts, a cross party group of MPs appointed by the House of Commons to examine public spending, found that the average time from the first symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis to diagnosis and treatment has not improved from the figure of nine months reported in 2003.

    Reviewing the NHS’s current management of the disease, the committee found that too many patients are …

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