Rheumatology International

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 175–182 | Cite as

Rheumatology in Ukraine

  • Bohdana DoskaliukEmail author
  • Olena Zimba
  • Roman Yatsyshyn
  • Volodymyr Kovalenko


Rheumatology in Ukraine is based on established research and clinical infrastructure that enable the integration with regional and global societies. This article overviews current state of Ukrainian rheumatology, important steps toward expanding clinical settings, and opportunities for strengthening cooperation of local rheumatologists and patients with rheumatic diseases with related international societies. The main achievements and some challenges encountered by the Association of Rheumatologists of Ukraine are outlined. The Association supports continuing medical education of local specialists and explores options for advancing research and publishing in rheumatology. One of the main challenges still remains the creation of registries of patients with rheumatic diseases and expansion of activities of public societies with interest in combating rheumatic diseases. The issue of inadequate access to immunobiological therapies is also highlighted.


Rheumatology Ukraine Professional societies Europe Healthcare Education 


Author contributions

BD collected data and wrote the initial version of the manuscript. OZ took part in manuscript writing and data collection. RY took part in the manuscript writing, edited manuscript. VK took part in the manuscript writing and edited manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript for publication.


No funding was received for this study.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical statements

This article does not include any human participants and/or animals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academician Ye. M. Neiko Department of Internal Medicine #1, Clinical Immunology and AllergologyIvano-Frankivsk National Medical UniversityIvano-FrankivskUkraine
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine #2Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical UniversityLvivUkraine
  3. 3.Department of Therapy and RheumatologyP.L. Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate EducationKievUkraine

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