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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disorder in which joints, typically those in the hands and feet, become inflamed, swollen, painful, and stiff. Without appropriate treatment, the inflammation may become chronic and cause irreversible destruction of bone and cartilage in the affected joints as well as contribute to the development of clinically important co-morbid conditions with attendant morbidity and mortality. The National Arthritis Data Workgroup estimates that about 1.3 million U.S. adults (0.6% of the adult population) have RA. RA imposes a considerable disease burden. Patients with RA have substantially lower health-related quality of life (QOL) than the general population with lower overall scores for physical and mental health across all age groups.The RA disease burden also is associated with increased health care resource utilization. Notably, RA patients with low QOL are twice as likely to be hospitalized as RA patients with high QOL.
Some have suggested that criteria used for the past two decades are inadequate for addressing the disease burden of RA because by the time a physician detects rheumatoid nodules or radiographic erosion, the optimal time has passed for treatment initiation, representing a gap in care relating to diagnosis of disease. Another potential gap is illustrated by studies in which researchers demonstrated that a systematic, objective approach to therapy with Disease Activity Score-driven therapy yields superior outcomes to routine care.
Faculty introduction, disclosures
Introductory content [Learning Objective #1]
Treatment of RA [Learning Objectives #2, 3, 4, & 5]
Summary, conclusions, and best practice recap
The following HCPs: rheumatologists and primary care physicians; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who practice in rheumatology; and any other HCP with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with RA.
This program is supported by an educational grant from Mallinkdrodt
Release Date: September 04, 2017 -- Expiration Date: September 04, 2019
Faculty: Sharon Dowell, MD
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Faculty Disclosure: Sharon Dowell, MBBS, Assistant Professor of Medicine Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C. discloses that she received Research grant support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and Genentech; is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of Horizon Pharma, and has received funding for Clinical Trials from GlaxoSmithKline.
Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Mallinkdrodt
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