Being mindful of traits that can cause delay might help manage a patient once they come into the care of a rheumatologist, Ms. Van der Elst said.
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“It’s likely that patients’ help-seeking behavior at symptom onset will predict how they will behave in the future,” Ms. Van der Elst said. “Therefore, analyzing the psychosocial factors that influence the patient delay could give you valuable information in how patients will deal with RA-related problems in the future, for example, how they will deal with flares.”
Thomas R. Collins is a freelance writer living in South Florida.
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