Journal article

Comparing the self-reported referral and management preferences of pediatricians and family physicians for children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

GL Freed, S Jee, L Stein, L Spera, SJ Clark

JOURNAL OF RHEUMATOLOGY | J RHEUMATOL PUBL CO | Published : 2003

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) are often first recognized by primary care physicians. Little is known about the determinants of the initial management and referral patterns of these physicians for children with JRA. We compared the self-reported preferences and practices of pediatricians (PD) and family physicians (FP) in the diagnosis and management of children with JRA. METHODS: Surveys were mailed to a national random sample of 700 PD and 867 FP. Questions included prior experience with JRA, usual patterns in the diagnosis and management of JRA, perception of the need for guidelines for referral and management of this condition, and physician demographic in..

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