On Sunday Nov. 13, 2022, at ACR Convergence 2022 meeting, the ACR will present a new guideline for Exercise, Rehabilitation, Diet and Additional Integrative Interventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is the firstRead Article
Evidence on gender equity in academic rheumatology in Europe is currently limited. This knowledge gap has a direct effect on the ability of professional bodies to improve gender equity. To address this, EULAR designed a study using web-based surveys to collect information; here are the resultsRead Article
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP) proudly recognizes the recipients of its 2022 Master of the ACR and ARP designations, ACR Awards of Distinction, and ARP Awards of Merit and Appreciation. The awards will be given to this year’sRead Article
Dr. Jack Cush goes off on "Untitling" (not using proper names/titles) in the clinic, in addition to reports on rheumatologist salaries, new drugs in phase 1-3 development and the range of COVID-19 MSK symptoms -- all from the past week on RheumNow.com.
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The NY Times has reported results of a study showing that nearly two-thirds of doctors are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, with a marked increase since the onset of the pandemic. These findings suggest that burnout rates amongst US doctors have risen to alarming levels.Read Article
A recent doximity report shows how rheumatology salaries increase by years in practice. Their salary estimates are based on Doximity acquired data from over 200,000 physicians, along with publicly-available career and salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census.Read Article
Female physicians were more likely to be called by their first names in electronic medical record (EMR) patient portal messaging, researchers found.
In adjusted analyses, women doctors were more than twice as likely as their male counterparts to be addressed by their first name inRead Article
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) may start in adolescence and extend into adulthood. This report of the Nordic experience shows that both pediatric and adulty rheumatologists need to develop "transition" practices; without such an approach considerable gaps in healthcare will befall theseRead Article
The revitalizing powers of sleep are numerous but what are the consequences to inadequate sleep? A current report in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows the connection between sleep and immune function as measured in mice and humans; specifically, a good night’s sleep promotes normalRead Article
Forbes reports that a recent Merritt Hawkins survey shows that patients are waiting an average of 26 days for a scheduled appointment with a doctor.
This is based on a 15 U.S. city survey of more than 1,000 physician offices - including family medicine, dermatology, obstetrics/Read Article
In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the CY 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule, the American College of Rheumatology applauded proposals that would provide more flexibility and improve careRead Article
A recent meta-analysis suggests a bidirectional association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and depression. Finding RA patients with depression yields an 80% increased mortality risk.
Anti-cytokine therapies represents a potential alternative for the treatment of depression.Read Article
A current Medscape article on patient "no shows" in private medical practice examines the cause and approach to the problem.
The most common reason for no shows is lack of knowledge about the scheduled appointment. Here are other common causes of no-shows, and how to address the problem.
Patient-reported fatigue is high in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and often goes under-recognized by physicians. Fatigue importantly impacts physical functioning, work productivity, and health related quality of life (HRQoL).Read Article
Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, FDA approvals, journal articles from the past week on RheumNow; plus viewer questions. This week great hopes for vitamin D, the great unknows of CSA and the great big mess that is the gout.
521 clinically suspect arthralgia (CSA) pts were
The ACR has posted a new ACR Clinical Practice Guideline Summary providing recommendations on the use of vaccinations for children and adults with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).
This guideline builds on pastRead Article
There is a shortage of rheumatologists in Canada and the recent 2020 Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) Workforce and Wellness study shows that the shortage may be compounded by rheumatologist burnout, especially among young and female physicians.Read Article