Rheumatoid Arthritis: Are We Making Progress in Managing this Autoimmune Disease
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease (AD) and that the prevalence is rising. The annual direct health care costs for AD are estimated to be in the range of $100 billion. Autoimmune disease is a pathologic condition caused by an autoimmune response — an adaptive immune response directed against an antigen within the body of the host (termed a self-antigen). The exact etiology of autoimmune disorders is unknown. Researchers have identified 80–100 different ADs that are chronic and can be life threatening.
With a focus on RA, this presentation will review evidence-based treatment guidelines, examine scientific and clinical advances, and identify factors that may improve clinical outcomes and decrease costs in the management of RA.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Summarize up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines in the management of patients with RA
- Describe recent scientific and clinical advances regarding the pathogenesis and treatment of RA
- Recognize opportunities to improve gaps in care and decrease costs in the management of RA
Michael H. Weisman, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA;
Chair and Director, Division of Rheumatology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
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The faculty reported the following:
Michael H. Weisman, MD has indicated that he has no relevant financial relationships.
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Anne M. Sendaydiego, PharmD
AMS Consulting, LLC
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina
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Ms Chart and Ms Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Drs Sendaydiego and Silverstein have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "9th Annual Medical Director Forum" held in Las Vegas, NV on November 5, 2015.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance