Rheumatology Outreach Clinics

Members of the Pediatrics Rheumatology clinic visit outreach clinics throughout the state of Kansas

In 2013, the Pediatric Rheumatology team treated more than 500 patients at 23 outreach clinics throughout Kansas. The team, which is based at the University of Kansas Medical Center, saw another 750 patients at Kansas City-area clinics. Read more.


It is estimated that nearly 300,000 children in the United States have arthritis. It can be a feature of many different childhood illnesses such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), dermatomyositis (JDMS), scleroderma, vasculitis, and immunodeficiencies.

The Department of Pediatrics' Pediatric Arthritis Clinic serves a large area of Mid-America by providing diagnostic evaluation and treatment for these children. Physicians who refer their patients to us receive regular correspondence regarding their patients' evaluation and recommended treatment.

Arthritis can affect the physical, psychological, social and intellectual development of a child. For that reason, a team of highly-trained health care professionals is available at the clinic to provide a family-centered comprehensive treatment program individualized to the needs of each patient.

Each patient receives a treatment program that considers age, disease activity and affected joints. The goals of treatment include relief from pain and other symptoms, prevention of joint deformity and normalization of the child's growth and daily activities. In our family-centered program, we teach self-care and encourage parental involvement in the care of each child.

A family resource library is available with printed materials targeting common concerns, such as exercise, school problem-solving and medications. The library also contains many videotapes and is used for family conferences.

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