Check your patients with depression for signs of arthritis

The more depressed the patient, the more likely they are to have the rheumatoid condition

Older patients with depressive symptoms should be screened for arthritis, according to US researchers who say while it's common to check for depression with arthritis, the reverse doesn't happen as often.

Data from nearly 4800 adults aged over 50 reveal arthritis is commonly reported by patients with depressive symptoms.