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many different joints in the body.Nursing assessment for patient with rheumatoid arthritis: Obtain the following important health information from the patient:Obtain the following important health information related to pertinent functional health patterns:
Primary goals in managing RA: Decrease inflammation, Managepain, Maintain joint function, Prevent or correct joint deformityTreatment. The newly diagnosed RA patient is usually treated on an outpatient basis. Hospitalization may be necessary for patients with extraarticular complications or advancing disease requiring reconstructive surgery for disabling deformities. Intervention begins with a careful physical assessment (e.g., joint pain, swelling, range of motion [ROM], and general health status). Also evaluate psychosocial needs (e.g., family support, sexual satisfaction, emotional stress, financial constraints, vocational and career limitations) and environmental concerns (e.g., transportation, home or work modifications). After identifying the patient’s problems, coordinate a carefully planned program for rehabilitation and education with the interdisciplinary health care team. Goals may be met through a comprehensive