Diagnosis and management of patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon
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Diagnosis and management of patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon

Susan Brown Lead specialist nurse in rheumatology, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust, Bath

This article describes the characteristics of Raynaud’s phenomenon, focusing on the role of the specialist nurse in diagnosis and management of the condition. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options are discussed, along with the importance of self-management. Advice is provided to help nurses enable patients to minimise episodes and improve symptoms. In the majority of cases, Raynaud’s phenomenon is a treatable condition, and patients can learn to self-manage the disease.

Nursing Standard. 26, 46,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.07.26.46.41.c9214

Correspondence

sue.brown@rnhrd.nhs.uk

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