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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 3-6

Future directions in paediatric rheumatology


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, Teaching Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology, AI DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware, NC, USA

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Balu H Athreya
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, Teaching Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology, AI DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware, NC
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DOI: 10.1016/S0973-3698(12)60022-3

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Paediatric rheumatology has come of age. In a country as large as India with its large childhood population with rheumatic diseases, there is a great need to develop training programmes in paediatric rheumatology. Fundamental research is needed to study the incidence, prevalence and variations in clinical features of common rheumatic dis- eases in the Indian population. Newer modalities of therapy need to be developed to suit local needs and conditions. Tools to evaluate outcomes need to be developed to suit the cultural conditions of the land. Resources have to be developed to provide continuity of care to these children with chronic diseases in remote villages. All of this requires planning, leadership, sustained effort and collaboration between patients and physicians and between private and public agencies.


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