The Rheumatoid Arthritis Primary Care Initiative for Improved Diagnosis and Outcomes (RAPID) Provides Guidance to Improve Outcom

MONTVALE, N.J., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is critical for a patient's well-being. Yet primary care providers and specialists face challenges in meeting the needs of these patients and in developing a coordinated approach to management and referral.

To meet the needs of health care providers, The Journal of Family Practice has published a supplement series of 3 continuing medical education newsletters to help clinicians better diagnose and manage this debilitating condition. These newsletters answer key clinical questions:

This valuable resource is a must-read for busy clinicians who provide primary care and whose role in RA management is pivotal to achieving successful outcomes.

The RAPID newsletter series was published in April, July, and October 2007. These important publications are now available online at http://www.jfponline.com/pages.asp?id=1061.

The Journal of Family Practice, a peer-reviewed journal distributed to 96,000 primary care physicians, collaborated with The Chatham Institute, a medical education company and CME provider, to develop this journal supplement series. This series was supported by a grant from Abbott Laboratories, Amgen Inc., Centocor, Inc., and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can find this valuable series at www.apctoday.com, an online resource for advanced practice clinicians.

The Journal of Family Practice is published by Dowden Health Media, a Division of Lebhar-Friedman, Inc. APCTODAY is copyrighted by Dowden Health Media, a Division of Lebhar-Friedman, Inc. Dowden Health Media is a full- service healthcare communications company that specializes in high-quality communication with physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and consumers. Its highly respected, peer-reviewed journals reach more than 300,000 physicians and clinicians in surgery, psychiatry, family practice, internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology.

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