The medical care provided depends on the rheumatologist as well as the patients themselves, who should also have a good understanding of their illness to assist the doctor in tailoring the approach. The illness is primarily a matter of its pathology, that is the discomfort and pain that a patient may suffer, which can serve as a guide for their doctor. The patient should be able to understand the treatment they are receiving, to be aware of symptoms such as infection and to monitor potential complications of treatment (fever, cough etc.) so that they can alert their doctor early.
The active participation of the patient and a good dialogue between the doctor and the patient are essential when it comes to the effectiveness of the treatment provided.