Guidelines for the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis 2002 Update


  • Mary Jo Goolsby EdD, MSN, APRN-C, ANP,

  • Grace Newsome EdD, APRN-BC, FNP

    1. Grace Newsome, EdD, APRN-BC, FNP is an Associate Professor of Nursing, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA.
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a progressive polyarthritis that is responsible for over nine million office visits annually. It is likely that most nurse practitioners will care for one or more patients with RA because approximately 1% of the adult population is affected by this disabling disorder. The guideline reviewed in this month's column describes the recommended care of patients who have been previously diagnosed with RA.