Which functional areas should be assessed in a patient with rheumatic disease

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Which functional areas should be assessed in a patient with rheumatic disease?

  • Physical function assessment.
    • • Levels of pain and fatigue.
    • • Ability to perform activities of daily living (eating, personal hygiene, toileting).
      • • Recreational (avocational) or leisure activities.
      • • Occupational (vocational) activities including job, housework, and schoolwork.
      • • Sexual activities.
    • • Physical examination.
      • • Manual muscle strength testing.
      • • ROM (can use goniometer).
      • • Transfers and ambulation.
  • Psychological/cognitive functional assessment.
    • • Affective function (depression, anxiety, mood).
    • • Coping skills.
    • • Cognitive function.
    • • Compliance with treatment plan.
    • • Sleep history.
  • Social function assessment.
    • • Social support systems.
    • • Interpersonal relationships.
    • • Social integration.
    • • Ability to fulfill social roles.
    • • Socioeconomic/financial stressors.

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