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Sunday, 02 December 2018 20:24

Early Referral of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disease - Why

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Learning Objectives

  • To recognise and appreciate the burden of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases which are often underestimated
  • To understand the importance of early referral and diagnosis of rheumatic conditions since early diagnosis equates to better quality of life and improved outcomes.
  • To develop a structured approach to diagnosis and understand the importance of history and clinical examination.
  • To understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to rheumatic conditions and the role of the family doctor as a key player in the team


Partner Organisation European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and Association of Arthritis and Rheumatism – Malta




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17th September 2019


Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO


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Malta College of Family Doctors Malta College of Family Doctors   Applied for

About the Video

This video is aimed at the non-Rheumatologist and aims to make the point that early referral does make a difference in the quality of life and outcomes for the patient, that treatment is available and that we should aim at achieving remission. Dr Frendo discusses the prevalence of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal disease and emphasises the importance of the history and clinical examination in making a diagnosis as well as the use of appropriate investigations when necessary. She stresses that judicious use of investigations is paramount and that the result of any test should be interpreted in the right clinical context. The role of the family doctor as part of the multidisciplinary team is also emphasised during this video.




Dr Michela Frendo MD MRCP(UK) - Physician and Rheumatologist


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