Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center – An Introduction

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center – An Introduction


(soft upbeat music) The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center was founded in 1999 to combine patient care with research and education. This is really the tripartite mission of Johns Hopkins itself. The focus of the center was originally developed around rheumatoid arthritis care. But, over time, we’ve really expanded that to cover a broad range of inflammatory arthritis conditions. And, those include not only rheumatoid arthritis, but also psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis and other forms of what are called spondyloarthropathies. That really is the base of what we see, it’s the base of what our research is, and where our educational efforts have all been focused. The center has grown tremendously in the last five years. We now have seven providers, all rheumatologists, and who all see patients in the center. And we also have expanded our educational efforts as well through increased involvement with our two nurses in the center, providing direct patient education, and educational resources being provided through the web and through our website. The other area that we’ve significantly expanded has been our research efforts. These are grounded not only in databases for patients, but also interventional studies with the cutting edge agents that are available to try to treat these different conditions and diseases. (soft upbeat music)

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