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Gaps in Aging Research as it Applies to Rheumatologic Clinical Care.
Makris UE, Misra D, Yung R. Gaps in Aging Research as it Applies to Rheumatologic Clinical Care. Clinics in geriatric medicine. 2017 Feb 1; 33(1):119-133.
The incidence and prevalence of rheumatologic conditions are increasing and the rheumatology workforce must be aware of aging-specific issues. This article reviews specific barriers to understanding the biology of aging and aging-related mechanisms that may underlie development of rheumatologic diseases in older adults. It summarizes gaps in the assessment, outcomes measurement, and treatment of these diseases in this unique population. It also highlights potential solutions to these barriers and suggests possible ways to bridge the gap, from a research and education standpoint, so that clinicians can be better prepared to effectively manage older adults with rheumatologic conditions.