What is an Early Arthritis Care (EAC)?
It is a care set up to diagnose and treat inflamatory arthritis in a timely manner. Patients will be seen within 2 weeks of receiving the referral.
Why establish an EAC?
Inflammatory arthritis, especially Rheumatoid Arthritis, is associated with progressive joint destruction usually within the first 2 years. The earlier treatment can be established, the chances to minimize joint damage is increased.
How to refer a patient to our EAC?
When referring a patient be sure to ask for an “Early Arthritis Care” appointment, or designate Early Arthritis Care or EAC on the referral paperwork.
Who should be referred?
Patients with 2 or more tender or swollen joints for less than 3 months duration. Patients do NOT need laboratory or x-ray evaluation prior to the visit.
Who should NOT be referred?
Patients with infectious arthritis (monoarthritis with fever). Patients with long-standing symptoms (greater than 3 months). Those patients can be referred to the general clinic.