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January 27, 2023

Musculoskeletal Care


Health professionals’ perspectives on psychological distress and meeting patients’ support needs in rheumatology care settings: A qualitative study.


Silverthorne C, Daniels J, Thompson M, Robson JC, Ndosi M, Swales C, Wilkins K, Dures E
Musculoskeletal Care. 2023 Jan 11.
PMID: 36631956.


Patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRDs) face challenges including pain, fatigue and disease flares. Evidence suggests their levels of anxiety and depression are higher compared to the general population. Rheumatology teams report psychologically distressed patients have additional support needs and require more clinical time. Little is currently known about models of support and their integration into care pathways.