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How to Identify Rheumatic Diseases by General Physicians

How to Identify Rheumatic Diseases by General Physicians
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Author(s): Eduardo C. Contreras (Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico) and Gustavo J. Puente (Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 31
Source title: Advancing Pharmaceutical Processes and Tools for Improved Health Outcomes
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Tagelsir Mohamed Gasmelseid (International University of Africa, Sudan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0248-7.ch006


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A large part of the population in countries in process of development ignores what Rheumatic Diseases are, and general practitioners are in most cases unaware of enough information to identify them and the treatments to successfully control them. A proposal to help those general practitioners to detect if an articular condition belongs to a Rheumatic Disease case is to present them the clinical semiology that should lead them to redirect the given conditions to a specialist on the subject, a rheumatologist. The clinical semiology is presented by an automated algorithm inside a goal-based software agent, containing all the necessary information to identify the seven most common inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases, and fourteen of the non-inflammatory ones. The purpose of this tool is to provide the general practitioner with the correct information to redirect the patient with a rheumatologist, in order for it to receive the appropriate medication to be controlled.

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