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L.: Functional Incapacitation in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Rehabilitation Challenge. A Correlative Study of Function before and after Hospital Treatment

By Vernon L. Nickel


Physicians and members of the allied health professions treating rheumatoid arthritis appreciate the complex, protean, and usually progressive nature of the disease. The results of medical and surgical treatment inspected in the light of multiple disabilities can only be meaningful if the patient’s total functional activity is considered. It is of little value to the physician and his associates to know the results of any particular treatment regimen if they have no understanding of the disease process and the course it is likely to follow. Hospitalization and a well planned in-patient rehabilitation program are most effective for patients partially or totally disabled by rheumatoid arthritis. Improvement during hospital treatment can be maintained reasonably well after discharge if follow-up management. is adequate 1,2 Taylor, in 1937, was the first to separate over-all functional impairment into four grades or categories listed as: slight., moderate, severe, and extreme. Stein-brocker’s Committee for Therapeutic Criteria of the New York Rheumatism Asso-ciation was formed in 1945. Four years later the committee presented criteria fo

Year: 1971
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