Efficacy and Outcome of Rapid Access Rheumatology Consultation: An Office-based Pilot Cohort Study.

@article{Puchner2016EfficacyAO,
  title={Efficacy and Outcome of Rapid Access Rheumatology Consultation: An Office-based Pilot Cohort Study.},
  author={Rudolf Puchner and Richard Janetschko and Wilhelm Kaiser and Manfred Linkesch and Markus Steininger and Raimund Tremetsberger and Alois Alkin and Klaus Peter Machold},
  journal={The Journal of rheumatology},
  year={2016},
  volume={43 6},
  pages={1130-5}
}
OBJECTIVE Waiting times for first appointments are a major obstacle to timely rheumatology care. To improve access, a cooperative of office-based rheumatologists established an immediate access network, offering brief initial assessments for patients with musculoskeletal problems. METHODS Patients were assessed at presentation and followed up after 6 months. Data were analyzed regarding demographics, diagnostic accuracy, clinical variables such as pain levels, and care. RESULTS There were… CONTINUE READING