360 degree case reports – e.g. rheumatoid arthritis

I highly recommend reading a recent case report published in the BMJ that talks about rheumatoid arthritis from the perspectives of the patient, her clinician and the National Rheumatoid Society that she represents. (1)

It is an historic account of her disease from presentation, how treatments have changed over the last 20 years, and the effect of the disease on her work and life. I really enjoy reading patient perspectives and especially when as well written as this with multiple view points. They help us gain a broader understanding of the condition.

In this time of 360 degree appraisals maybe it is time for more of these types of perspective?

1) Bosworth A, Steuer A. Rheumatoid arthritis. BMJ 2010; 341:c7095

Dean Jenkins
Editor at Large