Rheumatologists in community-based practices work closely with patients, which allows them to notice trends and nuances researchers may not. Unfortunately, few opportunities exist for rheumatologists to test their observations through research, in addition to taking care of patients. Limited funding, time constraints and competition from larger academic medical centers are some of the barriers that hinder clinical research in this setting. The Rheumatology Research Foundation is continuing to address this issue with the Innovative Research Award for Community Practitioners (IRACP).
You Might Also Like
Explore This IssueJune 2020
Also By This Author
The IRACP enables community-based practitioners to pursue research topics that have the potential to improve treatment and patient outcomes, and increase quality of care for millions of people living with rheumatic diseases. This innovative, collaborative approach to research equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths each brings. It’s through such innovative programs as this that discoveries leading to advances in care for millions of patients are possible.