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Ward-based care and referral to the multidisciplinary team 

Ward-based care and referral to the multidisciplinary team
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Ward-based care and referral to the multidisciplinary team
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10.1093/med/9780198831426.003.0012
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date: 09 May 2021

Musculoskeletal problems are common, affecting up to one in five people. People with musculoskeletal problems are frequently admitted to hospital and it is important for nurses working in hospital ambulatory care, emergency care, and on wards to understand the nature of musculoskeletal conditions in order to provide high-quality care. Patients may present with an acute medical or surgical illness, trauma, or bone disease (e.g. osteoporosis, degenerative arthritis, or inflammatory arthritis). A range of drugs treatments are given to improve symptoms of pain and stiffness. Drugs for inflammatory arthritis are given to modify the immune system, such as methotrexate or biologics (e.g. tumour necrosis factor inhibitors). Patients can be very disabled by their musculoskeletal condition and they have specific care needs. Safety during hospitalization and on discharge is important and key aspects are covered in this chapter.

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