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RA and physiotherapy

People with Rheumatoid Arthritis live with debilitating pain, stiffness and joint damage, which can make the most routine parts of daily life painful, difficult or even impossible.

To mark World Arthritis Day 2011 the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy commissioned a survey NRAS members to explore the value of physiotherapy and its availability to people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Contents include:

  • Background: Physiotherapy and rheumatoid arthritis – evidence and policy; The value of physiotherapy in the treatment of RA; Access to physiotherapy; Government policies
  • The survey and its methodology
  • Key findings: The survey respondents; Access to physiotherapy; Time to referral; Time to treatment; Pathway to referral; evel of integrated care; Impact of physiotherapy; Responsiveness to the patient; Conclusions and recommendations


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