Clinical Updates on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Title:

Clinical Updates on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Topic: Rheumatology
Relevant Terms: Rheumatoid arthritis, patient treatment response, biologic DMARD therapy, non-biologic DMARD therapy, monotherapy, methotrexate, tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, remission
Primary Audience: Rheumatologists with an interest in the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Launch Date: 23-Dec-15
Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Expiration Date: The accreditation for this activity has expired.
Curriculum Name: Implementing the Treat-to-Target Approach in RA Management in Clinical Practice

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Explain how to incorporate into practice a plan for consistently assessing RA patients with both objective and subjective standardized tools to measure patient response to treatment
  2. Interpret clinical study results of monotherapy with various DMARDs and biologic agents for moderate to severe RA
  3. Evaluate the evidence on treatment switching to determine if changing to a treatment with a different mechanism of action may be effective
  4. Tailor therapy to individual patient needs based on disease severity, joint involvement, and functional status to achieve low disease activity or remission

    Faculty

    Barbara L. Goldstein, MD, MMSc
    Assistant Professor
    Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine
    Rheumatology Clinic Director
    National Jewish Health®
    Denver, Colorado
    Title: Clinical Updates on Rheumatoid Arthritis
     
    Joint Providership Statement:
    This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Spire Learning.
        
     
    Educational Support:
    This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.
     
    Program Overview:
    In recent years, guidelines have endorsed a treat-to-target approach to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) management with the goal of achieving remission or low disease activity early in the disease course. In addition, the number of available therapies has expanded and patients often present with other comorbidities, further complicating RA management.
     
    This educational activity will update rheumatologists on:
    • RA Disease Activity Measures and how to adopt them into routine clinical care for monitoring and assessing a patient’s treatment response
    • Determining when to switch treatment regimens to help patients better achieve remission or low disease activity
    • Optimizing treatment regimens to minimize RA disease activity while also considering a patient’s existing comorbidities
    Target Audience:
    This on-demand, enduring activity is designed for rheumatologists with an interest in the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis
     
    Type of Activity:
    Knowledge and Case-Based Learning
     
    Estimated time to complete
    1.0 hour
     
    Fee Information:
    There is no fee for this educational activity
     
    Learning Objectives:
    After completing this activity, the participant should be better about to:
    1. Explain how to incorporate into practice a plan for consistently assessing RA patients with both objective and subjective standardized tools to measure patient response to treatment
    2. Interpret clinical study results of monotherapy with various DMARDs and biologic agents for moderate to severe RA
    3. Evaluate the evidence on treatment switching to determine if changing to a treatment with a different mechanism of action may be effective
    4. Tailor therapy to individual patient needs based on disease severity, joint involvement, and functional status to achieve low disease activity or remission
       
    Accreditation Statement:
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Spire Learning. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
     
    Credit Designation:
    Global Education Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
     
    Global Contact Information:
    For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or inquire@globaleducationgroup.com.
     
    Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest:
    Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.
     
    Faculty:
    The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
    Barbara L. Goldstein, MD, MMSc, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
     
    External Reviewer:
    Michelle Goodman, RN, BSN, MBA, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
     
    Planners:
    The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
     
    Global Education Group:
    Amanda Glazar, PhD; Laura Gilsdorf, MS; have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
     
    Spire Learning:
    Jaime Symowicz, PhD; Lisa Conklin; Lauren Waters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
    Jeanne Prater - Spouse/Partner: Stock Shareholder: Johnson and Johnson; Employee: NovoNordisk
     
    Signed disclosures are on file at Global Education Group.
     
    Disclaimer:
    Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
     
    Method of Participation and Request for Credit:
    In order to receive credit, participants must read the learning objectives, disclosures, and disclaimers; complete the pre-assessment at the start of the activity; participate in the entire activity; complete the post-assessment and evaluation at the conclusion of the activity. Participants must also score at least a 70% on the post-test. Certificates will be available for downloading after the successful completion of this activity.
     
    Disclosure of Unlabeled Use:
    This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Global Education Group (Global) and Spire Learning do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 
     
    The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
     
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