Doctors Need to Improve Guidance on Arthritis: Study

Only one of three goals set a decade ago to help patients manage the disease has been met, CDC finds

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However, he said the findings do reflect communication gaps in current practice.

Doctors hesitate to tell patients something obvious, such as the need to lose weight, and like patients, they feel uncomfortable discussing the subject, said Barber.

"It's safe to say that the things this study measured -- education, weight loss, exercise -- we know they help patients. But how do we get doctors to talk freely and easily with patients?" he asked.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers basic facts about arthritis.

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