Strong evidence demonstrates that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at a high risk for developing several comorbid disorders; these conditions may have atypical features, and thus may be difficult to diagnose. In one study, an estimated 80% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis had one or more comorbidities.
If not managed effectively, comorbidities can have wide-ranging impacts on patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – worsening their levels of physical disability, increasing support needs, reducing their ability to work and increasing risk of mortality. As many of these co-existenting conditions respond to preventive or therapeutic measures, comorbidity needs to be detected and managed to reduce impact on patients with RA.
In this CME Outfitters decision-tree medical simulation, participants navigate the clinical challenges presented by a patient with RA. Along the way, expert faculty provide guidance, insights and evidence for the positive and negative consequences of their decisions. This actionable, evidence-based simulation will improve clinician confidence in their ability to recognize and assess comorbidities; improve coordination of care among health care providers; help them develop personalized treatment plans for managing comorbid conditions by improving their ability to recognize and assess comorbidities; improve coordination of care among health care providers, and help them develop personalized treatment plans for managing comorbid conditions in patients with RA.
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At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:
- Recognize and routinely assess for comorbid conditions in patients with RA.
- Devise a plan to coordinate care with other health care providers to appropriately manage comorbidities in patients with RA.
- Engage patients in discussions about comorbidities associated with RA on each visit.
Author(s)/Faculty: Leonard H. Calabrese, DO;M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH
Source: Healio Rheumatology Education Lab
Release Date: 10/14/2016
Expiration Date: 8/5/2017
Credit Type: CME
Number of Credits: 1
Provider: Vindico Medical Education
Provider Statement: This continuing medical education activity is provided by: CME Outfitters
Support Statement: Supported by an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.
Target Audience: Rheumatologists. internists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practioners, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers who manage patients with rheumatoid arthritis.