Dr Foster Health Publishes Rheumatoid Arthritis Hub on Hospital Guide

March 10, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Dr Foster Health has published new hub page as part of its Medical Dictionary offering on the Hospital Guide.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where joints in the body become inflamed, causing pain, swelling and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects people of all ages but is commonest between the ages of 40 and 60 years. Symptoms can be very painful and affect your ability to carry out everyday tasks. Feelings of fatigue and flu-like symptoms are also common, making you feel generally unwell.

Dr Foster Health's Rheumatoid Arthritis hub page answers the following questions:

* What is rheumatoid arthritis and how does it differ from osteoarthritis?
* What is the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis?
* How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?
* How is rheumatoid arthritis treated and what treatments are available?
* Will I still be able to work?

You can find the rheumatoid arthritis hub page on the Medical Dictionary under "Conditions", or type in "rheumatoid arthritis" into the A-Z search.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Case Studies

To accompany the rheumatoid arthritis hub page, Dr Foster Health will soon publish a series of case studies to reveal the healthcare journeys of real people with rheumatoid arthritis and how they coped with their diagnosis and what treatment they received as an NHS outpatient.

The case studies will help newly diagnosed patients with rheumatoid arthritis formulate questions to ask their GPs and consultant rheumatologist about the disease and what to expect during treatment.

Find rheumatologists on Dr Foster Health's Consultant Guide

Dr Foster Health's Consultant Guide shows you what consultants in your area specialise in rheumatoid arthritis.

Access is free, requires no sign up and is easy to use:

1) Select what area of your body is affected using the drop down menu
2) Select the condition
3) Choose the specialty of the consultant you wish to find (rheumatology)
4) Type in your postcode
5) Chose the distance you are willing to travel to see your consultant and click FIND

A list of all consultants with specialties related to your condition will be generated from Dr Foster Health's database.

Dr Foster Health is the leading innovator in benchmarking public services and communicating information about these services to the public. We produce authoritative and independent guides to health services in public and private healthcare. Our aim is not only to inform, but also to act as a catalyst for change.

If you want to know more about Dr Foster Health, call Alex Young on 0044 207 8906 or email alexander.young@drfoster.co.uk