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Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa - Online First: 2019-07-22
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Outcomes of rheumatic patients referred from Portuguese speaking African countries for medical evaluation in Portugal.

Teixeira V, Barreira S, Valido A, Macieira C, Fonseca JE


Bureaucratic, social and economic barriers may influence several clinical aspects of rheumatic diseases in patients from Portuguese speaking African countries (PALOP) displaced for medical care in Portugal. Despite the apparent advantages of dislocating patients to a more resourceful country, these patients present with long-lasting and severe rheumatic diseases with chronic damage, due to lack of precise diagnosis, ineffective referrals, lack of appropriate treatment and concomitant infectious comorbidities that may jeopardize the outcomes of these strategies.