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Your Medical Team for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Organizing Your Medical Team

To organize a medical team, start with your rheumatologist, who probably has a network of contacts with whom you can get in touch.

  • Keep records. Don't assume all your team members are communicating or sharing copies of your chart. Recent changes to health care law make it your legal right to receive a copy of your medical record. Ask for it, and carry all records to appointments.
  • Communicate. Make sure each team member knows about important changes, like recent surgeries, hospitalizations, or major changes in medications.
  • Keep in touch. Maintain relationships with the members of your team, by keeping appointments and taking an interest in your care plan.
  • Ask questions. People who take an interest in their care for rheumatoid arthritis stay involved and tend to do better.

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on February 11, 2014
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