Rehabilitation of Patients with Rheumatic Diseases

  • Thomas D. Beardmore


  • In the care of disabled individuals, the current system of health care delivery and education largely focuses on a disease-centered medical model that fails to consider the role of society and the interaction of the disabled individual in that society over a lifespan.

  • A more holistic approach to the care of disabled individuals considers the impact of environmental factors on the patient and provides a biopsychosocial orientation rather than a purely medical one.

  • Holistic health approaches promote optimal function of the disabled person by considering not only the underlying rheumatic disease but the individual as a whole functioning person. Central to this health promotion is involvement of patient responsibility for his or her health and well being, including physical, psychological, social, and societal aspects.

  • ■ Multidisciplinary efforts are important to effective rehabilitation of patients disabled by rheumatic disease. Critical members of the multidisciplinary team are the rheumatologist, orthopedist, physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurse, psychologist, social worker, and vocational rehabilitation specialist.


Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatic Disease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Vocational Rehabilitation Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Beardmore
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    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Keck School of MedicineThe University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of RheumatologyRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterDowneyUSA

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