New approaches to the care of rheumatic patients within the Project “Patients Partner”. An important component of the care of patients with a chronic rheumatic disease is a complex care and an individual approach. Rheumatism is generally thought of as a disease of elderly persons, although certain types of rheumatism attack also younger age groups. There are various topics that I feel deserve to be given attention to:
Communication and information – the patient should learn communication skills and should receive a maximum of information about his disease and its treatment.
Complex care and the importance of teamwork. Of importance is a good collaboration among the various specialists. The role of the nurse in providing complex care is indispensable.
Establishment of national and international organisations of rheumatic patients – a good opportunity for meeting other patients, exchanging experience, giving advice about how to cope with pain. A good example is the Revma League in Prague and its branch at Bruntal.
Social problems – equal rights for healthy and disabled persons (Public transport, abolishment of legal discrimination etc.).
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