“All of the information accumulated will then be analyzed and recorded for possible use in research and to create educational materials for primary care physicians, clinics, and hospitals,” explains Westrich. “Our goal is to differentiate types of arthritis in order to lessen the confusion and misunderstanding that surrounds these diseases—this includes those in medical fields outside of rheumatology. If we can provide information that allows for a better understanding of the symptoms associated with these diseases, then patients may be referred to rheumatologists earlier and thus receive treatment earlier.”
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Kurt Ullman is a freelance writer based in Indiana.