Effectiveness of Non-Pharmacological Treatment Options for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Medicine and Health Sciences


Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease affecting roughly 1.5 million people in the United States, the majority of which are females. The varying levels of severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis make it a notably unique disease. In addition to being a disease that is internally driven by the body's immune system, current research reveals the extensive influence of environmental factors on the disease's severity and activity. We examined the non-pharmacological treatment options and interventions that help ameliorate some of the debilitating symptoms and complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis. A particular focus on the efficacy and potential value of diet, psychosocial interventions, physical activity, and therapeutic modalities is central to the current work. Evidence using a literature review of peer-reviewed articles discussing the value of non-pharmacological treatment options in RA is utilized. Overall, the findings indicate that having a well-versed interprofessional team of physicians and health professionals supporting patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis using an integrated model of care is critical to improved overall well-being and disease outcomes.

First Advisor

Musheera AnisAbdellatif

Second Advisor

Jonelle Hook

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Health Sciences

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