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The books, written in a popular Q and A format will provide sufficient information for a primary care doctor to be able to understand and treat patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA affects about 1% of adults, and a GP can expect to see at least one new case every year or so. It is more common among women (3x the incidence compared to men) and usually presents when the patient is 35-45 years
The YQA on RA will provide authoritative and up-to-date information for family doctors, their patients and carers, in a field that is changing rapidly in light of the new drugs that have come onto the market. As for all YQAs, presentation and readability are important - this will follow the style in that respect.
- Presents information in a question and answer format to facilitate ease of reference.
- Covers both common and uncommon clinical issues.
- Reviews laboratory tests and differential diagnosis.
- Discusses the drug therapies now available, including their benefits and side effects, as well as treatments under development.
- Offers a section on patients' frequently asked questions.
By Robert Moots, MD, Leader in Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Liverpool and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist: University Hospital Aintree, Royal Liverpool Hospital and Liverpool Women's Hospital, Liverpool, UK; and Nigel Jones, MD, General Practitioner, The Orrell Park Surgery, Liverpool, UK