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DOI: 10.1016/j.reumae.2018.12.007
Available online 28 December 2018
Private Rheumatology in the Community of Madrid, Spain: Descriptive Study
Reumatología privada ambulatoria, estudio descriptivo en la Comunidad de Madrid
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Juan Carlos Nieto Gonzáleza,b
a Hospital Ruber Internacional, Madrid, Spain
b Clínica Armstrong Internacional, Madrid, Spain
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The status of private rheumatology is known, but there is no information on the kind of patients seen. This study describes the experience over a 3-year period in a private rheumatology practice in the Autonomous Community of Madrid. We collected demographic and descriptive data. Of 706 patients seen, almost half (46%) were there for their first visit, and 12% of patients who had asked for an appointment did not attend. The majority of patients were women (72.4%) with a median age of 44.3 years old (range 3–93). The most frequent diagnoses were osteoarthritis (20.9%), osteopenia/osteoporosis (16.8%), arthralgia (13.4%) and soft tissue disorder (9.6%). The majority of the patients had private insurance with Spanish companies, such as MAPFRE, Adeslas and Asisa. At least one quarter of ancillary tests ordered in the first visit were not revised on a second visit.

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Rheumatology
Private
Patients
Descriptive
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Se conoce el estado de la reumatología privada en España, pero no hay información sobre el tipo de pacientes atendidos. Este estudio describe la experiencia de varios años de práctica de reumatología privada a tiempo parcial en la comunidad autónoma de Madrid. Se recogieron los datos demográficos y descriptivos de consulta de pacientes atendidos de forma consecutiva durante 3 años. De un total de 706 pacientes atendidos, casi la mitad (46%) solo acudió una vez a consulta y el 12% de los pacientes que se citaron no llegaron a presentarse a la cita. La mayor parte de los pacientes fueron mujeres (72,4%) con una edad media de 44,3 años (rango 3-93). Los diagnósticos más frecuentes fueron artrosis (20,9%), osteopenia/osteoporosis (16,8%), artromialgias inespecíficas (13,4%) y reumatismos de partes blandas (9,6%). La mayoría de los pacientes, un 83,1% (587 pacientes), eran clientes de las compañías MAPFRE, Adeslas y Asisa. Aproximadamente una cuarta parte de las pruebas complementarias que se piden en consulta no se revisan en consultas posteriores.

Palabras clave:
Reumatología
Privada
Pacientes
Descriptivo

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