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Pages 125-184 (May - June 2019)
Brief Report
DOI: 10.1016/j.reumae.2017.07.010
Private Rheumatology in Catalonia, Spain
La Reumatología privada en Cataluña
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Cayetano Alegre
Hospital Universitario Dexeus-Quirón, Barcelona, Spain
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Table 1. Techniques Used in Private Rheumatology With Reference to the Percentage of Rheumatologists Using Them.
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Objective

To establish the percentage of Catalonian rheumatologists who attended to private patients, to understand the most common processes in private practice, to determine the dedication to patient care and the necessary activities to guarantee proper care, such as continuing education and office management, and to know what techniques were most widely used.

Material and methods

A personalized survey of Catalonian rheumatologists whose e-mail addresses were made available to us. Fifty-two responses were analyzed.

Results

The percentage of men (52%) and women (48%) was similar; 33% worked exclusively in private rheumatology (PR), most of them in hospitals or medical teams; 11% worked alone; 27% were in training. The disease most frequently treated was osteoarthritis; 51% were involved in studies or clinical trials in the field of RP.

Conclusions

The concept of RP as a private business is changing and is progressively being transformed into working units with a structure similar to public hospitals with formal training.

This report provides new data on the activities and characteristics of private rheumatologists.

Keywords:
Patient care
Private practice
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Objetivo

Conocer el porcentaje de reumatólogos de Cataluña que atienden a pacientes privados, los procesos reumatológicos más comunes en la consulta privada, determinar la dedicación a la asistencia y las actividades necesarias para garantizar una correcta asistencia: formación continuada, gestión de la consulta y conocer que técnicas son usuales.

Material y métodos

Mediante encuesta personalizada a los reumatólogos de los que pudimos conseguir sus datos de correo electrónico. Se sometió a análisis 52 respuestas.

Resultados

El porcentaje de varones (52%) y mujeres (48%) es similar, un 33% trabaja exclusivamente en reumatología privada (RP), la mayoría en hospitales o equipos médicos y un 11% trabaja solos. El 27% realiza formación; la enfermedad más frecuentemente atendida es la artrosis, el 51% realiza estudios o ensayos clínicos en el ámbito de la RP.

Conclusiones

El concepto de RP como un negocio particular va cambiando y se está convirtiendo en unidades con una estructura de trabajo similar a los hospitales públicos con formación reglada.

Este trabajo aporta nuevos datos sobre la actividad que se realiza y características del grupo.

Palabras clave:
Actividad asistencial
Práctica privada

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