RA and Physiotherapy: a national survey – The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society in collaboration with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – 12 October 2011

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Physiotherapy, Rheumatology |

RA and Physiotherapy: a national survey – The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society in collaboration with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – 12 October 2011

New research reveals ‘significant breach of Rheumatoid Arthritis medical guidelines on the use of physiotherapy’

One in three people with RA wait for more than a year for referral to a physiotherapist

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) today (12 October) publish a new UK-wide report highlighting the medical evidence around the benefits of physiotherapy in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), but also uncovering serious problems in the way physiotherapy services are being organised and accessed throughout the UK.

The report, the launch of which coincides with World Arthritis Day, calls for new measures to be introduced in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to increase compliance with RA medical guidelines and to protect existing physiotherapy services. A survey of NRAS members with RA also uncovered shockingly low referral rates, despite clear evidence that physiotherapy improved their function and mobility.”  … continues

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