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The 34th Conference coordinators and managers of rheumatology clinics and outpatient clinics
Warsaw, 20–21 May 2015

Maria Maślińska

Reumatologia 2015; 53, 3: 166–167
Online publish date: 2015/08/07
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The leading organizers of the meeting were the Institute of Rheumatology and the National Consultant of Rheumatology and the Warsaw branch of the Polish Society of Rheumatology. The event was held under the patronage of the journal Reumatologia.
The first day of the conference, devoted to systemic issues, was held in the building of the Ministry of Health. The meeting was attended not only by rheumatologists, but also by the representatives of the Ministry, of the National Health Fund and of the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products, as well as by experts on health issues. The Director of the Institute of Rheumatology, Dr. Piotr Bednarski, opening the conference, expressed the hope for further development of cooperation between the Institute and the Polish Society of Rheumatology. The Director addressed the problems of modern rheumatology – the inconsistency of the current rheumatology education and a need for the introduction of specialization in pediatric rheumatology – and the importance of the presently discussed project of Law on Public Health (photo 1).
The latter issue was also presented by Beata Małecka-Libera, the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health. She drew attention to the fact that, for the first time in present history, funding for prevention, health promotion and education will be included in the health care system.
Disease prevention, early diagnosis and prevention of complications of rheumatic diseases were discussed by Prof. Brygida Kwiatkowska. She also outlined the objectives of the proposed project of changes in the comprehensive rheumatologic outpatient care system. The aims of these changes are the improvement in the situation of patients coming into first contact with rheumatology and the increased efficiency in use of available resources.
The basis for the above-mentioned project lies in the creation of Centers for the early diagnosis of arthritis, enabling quick access to experienced rheumatologists and early qualification of patients suspected of having inflammatory joint diseases. In the case of these patients, early diagnosis and start of treatment greatly improve the chances of disease remission, leading to delaying or even avoiding patients’ disability altogether. The current system of rheumatologic outpatient care is inefficient due to, among other things, the involvement in care for the large number of patients with osteoarthritis, who should...

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