In this video posted on Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook page, Professor Chris Denton, consultant rheumatologist at the Royal Free Hospital in the U.K., talks about systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) and the importance of building trust between doctor and patient.
Denton explains that it’s crucial when delivering a diagnosis of scleroderma, the doctor takes the time to fully explain the disease and begins to establish a pattern of trust that will form the basis of a long-term relationship.
Many scleroderma patients will have symptoms for a long time before they are given their diagnosis. Most of them haven’t heard of the disease until they are told they have it. While many patients can live relatively normal lives, Denton explains that they will need to change their lifestyle to accommodate the disease if they want to remain as healthy as possible.
Scleroderma patients will need to undergo regular monitoring to see if there is any internal organ involvement and treatment can begin as soon as possible.
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