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Podiatry services for patients with arthritis: an unmet need

Rome, K, Chapman, J, Williams, AE, Gow, P and Dalbeth, N 2010, 'Podiatry services for patients with arthritis: an unmet need' , The New Zealand Medical Journal, 123 (1310) , pp. 91-97.

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Abstract

Foot problems are extremely common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There is ample evidence that foot pain, either alone or as a comorbidity, contributes significantly to disability. Despite the high prevalence of foot disease in RA, this problem is often trivialised or underappreciated. The inequity in foot health provision for patients with rheumatic disorders in New Zealand has recently been highlighted. Expertise in dealing with foot problems is often limited among healthcare professionals, and it has been argued that better integration of podiatric services into rheumatology services would be beneficial. The aim of this paper is to highlight the major issues related to foot care for patients with arthritis and provide key recommendations that should implemented to improve access to podiatric services in New Zealand.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: The New Zealand Medical Journal
Publisher: New Zealand Medical Association
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0028-8446
Depositing User: AE Williams
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2010 12:00
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:26
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/10263

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