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Advancing Standards of Care in Pediatric Rheumatology

08:54 EDT 18 Aug 2017 | Healio

The most important challenge facing pediatric rheumatology is a lack of pediatric rheumatologists, according to many experts in the field. The shortage of clinicians has a ripple effect. It impacts the amount and nature of research conducted in the field. Communication gaps exist between young patients, their parents and clinicians, largely because many people simply do not realize rheumatic diseases can occur in children. Diagnoses are delayed. While treatments can be more or less effective in children compared to adults, primary pediatricians or general practitioners may not be familiar with these uses. All of this points to suboptimal patient outcomes.“A problem is the current rheumatology workforce shortage,” Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN, CPNP, pediatric rheumatology nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Specialty Center Detroit, told Healio Rheumatology. “It will continue to worsen unless we all take an active role in educating and inspiring our future rheumatology providers while they are in medical school or pursuing a nurse practitioner education.”

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