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Z Rheumatol. 2015 Aug;74(6):553-7. doi: 10.1007/s00393-015-1640-z.

[Treat to participation : Position paper of the German Society for Rheumatology on sustained improvement of functional health of patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases].

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Institut für Rehabilitationsmedizin, Medizinische Fakultät der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 06097, Halle (Saale), Deutschland,


From the perspective of patients with rheumatic diseases, the reduction of inflammatory disease activity alone is not a sufficient treatment goal. In addition the functional health and participation also have to be improved. Starting with the first symptoms the empowerment for the self-management of the disease is important for the patients; therefore, the established treat to target-strategy has to be expanded by the functional dimension to treat to participation. The position paper of the German Society for Rheumatology (GSR) summarizes the relevant fields of the multiprofessional action that is frequently necessary. This includes the acquirement of function-related competencies during training, further education and advanced training as well as implementation in the everyday practice of patient care. Furthermore, the GSR acknowledges the need for research related to functional and sociomedical consequences of rheumatic diseases and to individual and combined function-related programs in outpatient and inpatient care in rheumatology.

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