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Rheumatology Is Exiting the Age of "Can We" (We Certainly Can) and Now Must Entertain the Question "Should We"?


Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 May 6. doi: 10.1002/acr.24247. Online ahead of print.

Bruce Rothschild 1

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1 Arthritis Center, IU Health, Muncie, IN, 47303, USA.


A report by Mosor et al. (1) exemplifies an interesting academic exercise toward a laudable goal, but the issue of initiating treatment in asymptomatic individuals really seems a moot issue. Until there are sufficient appointments (given limited access to rheumatologists) for treatment of individuals who actually have documented disease, how can one justify delaying their appointments - behind that of healthy individuals who it is speculated might develop a problem at some time in the future?