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Case study – Kim

This case study gives you an example of the type of case you might find in general practice. Use it alongside the general course information to help guide you through a consultation with a patient presenting with musculoskeletal pain.

Kim is a 34-year old woman, presents with a four-month history of pain in her hands and knees. 

Kim's background

  • Smokes 12 cigarettes a day
  • Alcohol occasionally
  • No allergies
  • No regular medication
  • Family history of psoriasis (father); one brother who is well
  • Husband well but works away from home
  • Two children aged 11 and 13, well and helping with household duties
  • Not coping, tearful, anxious
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Widespread musculoskeletal pain

This module guides GPs through the process of assessing widespread musculoskeletal pain and determining whether the patient's problem is caused by an inflammatory arthritis.

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