Clinical skills: evidence-based nursing care of people with rheumatoid arthritis

Br J Nurs. 2004;13(14):852-7. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2004.13.14.14314.


Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex inflammatory disease with an unknown cause, uncertain prognosis and no known cure. The physical symptoms of this chronic disease can impact on the patient's psychological state and also affect the family unit and social/economic viability. Nursing patients with such a multifaceted illness is a skilled and complex task and it is imperative that the care provided is optimal, timely and underpinned by patient education. Evidence-based nursing care founded on an in-depth knowledge of the disease and its treatments will help to achieve optimal patient outcome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / nursing*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Patient Education as Topic