To end her talk, Dr. Mackie stated we must ensure research on GCA accounts for the diversity of patient groups. This includes looking at patients with GCA at either end of the age spectrum, ethnic minorities with GCA and patients in both rural and urban areas who suffer from the disease. Moreover, evaluating how the frequency of follow-up and access to healthcare affects patient outcomes will be essential to helping patients with GCA.
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By applying the clinical pearls from this lecture to daily practice, rheumatologists can ensure patients with GCA are diagnosed in a timely manner and given the best possible care.
Jason Liebowitz, MD, completed his fellowship in rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, where he also earned his medical degree. He is currently in practice with Skylands Medical Group, N.J.
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