Rheumatology (Greek ρεύμα, rheuma, river) is a sub-specialty in internal medicine and pediatrics, devoted to diagnosis and therapyof rheumatic diseases. Clinicians who specialize in rheumatology are called rheumatologists. Rheumatologists deal mainly with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, and heritable connective tissue disorders.

Activity program staves off mobility disability

A structured physical activity program reduced the rate of major mobility disability among sedentary men and women aged 70-89 years who were at high risk for the condition, in a randomized clinical...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Treat systemic sclerosis early and aggressively

DESTIN, FLA. – Patients who present with what appears to be "puffy hand sign" should be carefully evaluated for systemic sclerosis, and if they also report Raynaud’s phenomenon and display...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Physical therapy failed to improve hip OA

Physical therapy incorporating manual therapy, exercise, patient education, and in some cases use of an assistive device for walking, failed to lessen pain or improve function in hip osteoarthritis...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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In obesity and knee OA, weight loss is a big win

PARIS – Weight loss of more than 5% produced clinically meaningful improvements in knee osteoarthritis, even when final body mass index remained high, a large, community-based study has shown. For...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Poor vibratory sense contributes to OA knee instability

PARIS – Impaired vibratory sense and muscle strength may be important risk factors for knee instability in persons with or at risk for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, according to an analysis of a...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Vigorous exercise hastens knee OA progression

PARIS – Vigorous, but not moderate, physical exercise was associated with a significantly greater risk of knee osteoarthritis progression over 1 year in a longitudinal analysis of 99...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Relevant EFIM Publications

Clinical practice guidelines adaptation for internists - An EFIM methodology

Author(s): Wiktoria Leśniak, Laura Morbidoni, Dror Dicker, Ignacio Marín-León
Date:25 June 2020

The challenge of implementing Less is More medicine: A European perspective

Author(s): Omar Kherad, Nathan Peiffer-Smadja, Lina Karlafti, Margus Lember, Nathalie Van Aerde, Orvar Gunnarsson, Cristian Baicus, Miguel Bigotte Vieira, António Vaz-Carneiro, Antonio Brucato, Ivica Lazurova, Wiktoria Leśniak, Thomas Hanslik, Stephen Hewitt, Eleni Papanicolaou, Olga Boeva, Dror Dicker, Biljana Ivanovska, Pinar Yldiz, Patrick Lacor, Mark Cranston, Frauke Weidanz, Giorgio Costantino, Nicola Montano
Date:16 April 2020

Medical and surgical co-management – A strategy of improving the quality and outcomes of perioperative care

Author(s): Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicia, Matthias Raspeb, Alin Liviu Predac, Evija Livčāned, Leonid Lazebnike, Soňa Kiňováf, Evert- Jan de Kruijfg, Radovan Hojsh, Thomas Hansliki, Mine Durusu-Tanrioverj, Francesco Dentalik, Xavier Corbellal, Pietro Castellinom, Monica Bivoln, Stefano Bassettio, Vasco Barretop, Eduardo Montero Ruizq, Luis Camposr, The Working Group on Professional Issues and Quality of Care of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)
Date:15 November 2018

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The principal objectives of EFIM is to promote internal medicine on a scientific educational, ethical and professional level and to support internists in providing better care for patients throughout Europe.

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The specialty of internal medicine covers a wide range of conditions affecting the internal organs of the body. Although some diseases specifically affect individual organs, the majority of common diseases. The internist must then be trained to recognise and manage a broad range of diseases and, with the aging population, many patients with chronic and multiple disorders.

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