Incorporating Treatment Guidelines and Patient Preference into Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Program Overview

Tight control of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity requires frequent disease monitoring and adjustment of therapy, as often as every 3 to 6 months. Unfortunately, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recommendations are sometimes not followed in clinical practice, particularly the use of disease activity measures, the application of treat-to-target recommendations, and the implementation of ACR treatment algorithms, leading to suboptimal patient care. This series of patient visit scenarios will allow you to make management decisions, benchmark your scores against those of your peers, and hear from experts in the field.

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Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who specialize in rheumatology and internal medicine.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Incorporate guideline-recommended disease activity measures into clinical practice
  • Select individualized treatments for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that maximize the opportunity to achieve remission and avoid relapse while minimizing toxicity
  • Employ a strong patient-provider collaborative approach to managing patients with RA that includes patient education, engagement, and shared decision making

Activity Faculty

Jeffrey R. Curtis, MD, MS, MPH

Jeffrey R. Curtis, MD, MS, MPH

William J. Koopman Endowed Professor, Rheumatology and Immunology
Director, UAB Arthritis Clinical Intervention Program
Co-Director, UAB Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics
(CERTS) of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Co-Director, UAB PharmacoEpidEmiology and phaRmcoeconomics (PEER) Unit
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
Birmingham, AL

Martin Jan Bergman, MD, FACR, FACP, FCPP

Martin Jan Bergman, MD, FACR, FACP, FCPP

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine
Drexel University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Iris Navarro-Millán MD, MSPH

Iris Navarro-Millán MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine
Hospital for Special Surgery
Division of Rheumatology
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY


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