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Combined Care of the Rheumatic Patient

  • H. A. Bird
  • Patricia le Gallez
  • Jacqueline Hill

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 1-25
  3. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 27-55
  4. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 57-70
  5. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 71-129
  6. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 131-150
  7. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 151-171
  8. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 173-198
  9. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 199-236
  10. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 237-243
  11. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 245-259
  12. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 261-274
  13. H. A. Bird, Patricia le Gallez, Jacqueline Hill
    Pages 275-287
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 289-303

About this book

Introduction

Gone are the days when the physician could act as God, the orthopaedic surgeon as the Lord God and the nurses as minister­ ing angels. The concept of a team approach with each discipline supplying special yet overlapping skills is accepted in principle, although not always in practice. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists resist integration of their training among the hierarchy; however, on the ground, these remedial therapists often do each other's jobs with remarkable amity. Elsewhere I have discussed whether we need multipurpose professionals or multiprofessional persons (Wright 1982). At Leeds the close collaboration that exists between rheumatol­ ogists and non-medically qualified professionals has resulted in a productive Bioengineering Group for the Study of Human Joints, a Clinical Pharmacology Unit of international renown and a Rehabilitation Unit that consistently produces bricks without straw. One aspect of this combined approach to patient care has been the development of the discipline of clinical nurse metrology (Bird et al. 1980). Skilled nursing sisters have worked in this capacity for a decade in Leeds. Their contribution has not only enhanced the reliability of the results of clinical trials in which they have been engaged, but it has been highly s;ost effective and greatly appreciated by patients. It has also measurably improved our patient education programme. Moreover, the posts have provided considerable job satisfaction. This book arises from the expertise gained during these pioneer years.

Keywords

Arthritis Patient care communication diagnosis inflammation joint muscle nursing pain physiotherapy rheumatic diseases rheumatism rheumatoid arthritis rheumatology

Authors and affiliations

  • H. A. Bird
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Patricia le Gallez
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jacqueline Hill
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Rheumatism Research UnitUniversity of LeedsUK
  2. 2.General InfirmaryLeedsUK
  3. 3.Royal Bath HospitalHarrogateUK

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