Naomi Amudala, MSN, RN, FNP-BC Clinical Instructor and Nurse Practitioner Vasculitis Center/Rheumatology Boston University School of Medicine Boston, MA
Nancy Figueiredo, RN Rheumatology Nurse Boston Medical Center Boston, MA
1.2 contact hours
Patients with RA require ongoing management to maintain tight control of their RA disease activity and to reduce the risk of joint destruction, impaired physical functioning, and diminished quality of life. Comprehensive care of the RA patient also includes strategies to increase medication compliance and reduce the risk of CVD and other common comorbidities that can exacerbate the burden of RA. Nurses and other clinicians have a variety of tools to facilitate the assessment, management, and education of patients with RA. With effective nursing interventions, patients with RA can achieve a lasting response to therapy that leads to improved outcomes.
This activity is co-provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and MCM Education.
This activity is intended for RNs specializing in rheumatology or RA.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Summarize guideline-based treat-to-target strategies in RA, including disease-activity monitoring and treatment modification for patients with inadequate therapeutic response.
Employ nursing interventions to promote optimal collaborative care for patients with established RA.
Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.
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Naomi Amudala, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, has nothing to disclose.
Nancy Figueiredo, RN, discloses that she has served on the speakers' bureau for AbbVie, Inc.
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The online activity will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. Commercial Support Statements
Supported by independent educational grants from AbbVie, Inc. and Lilly.
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Once completed, continue to post-test. Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score as designated at the top of the test. In addition, you must also complete the Activity Evaluation.
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