Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of this Potentially Debilitating Condition
RA is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder of unknown etiology that affects the body’s synovial joints. The initial RA symptoms usually start with pain, stiffness and swelling of joint areas. RA may progress systemically with patients experiencing “flu like” symptoms. These symptoms are at times debilitating and may affect the patient’s capacity to perform activities of daily living, along with the inability to perform physical work. There is no cure for RA; the treatment focus is to manage the symptoms with exercises, medications, or surgery. In this presentation, learn about the RA symptoms, how to diagnose the disorder and its treatment strategies.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Identify the symptoms of RA
- Gain an understanding of how to diagnose RA
- Summarize RA treatment strategies
Richard D. Brasington, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Clinical Rheumatology
Fellowship Program Director
Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri
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Richard D. Brasington, MD has reported the following:
Grant/Research Support: Glaxo Smith Kline, Mallinckrodt
Speakers’ Bureau: Pfizer
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Martha L. New, BSN, RN, CCTC
Transplant Case Coordinator
Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
Anne M. Sendaydiego, PharmD
AMS Consulting, LLC
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina
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Ms Chart, Ms Gleason, Ms New and Ms Rome 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 case managers, nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "24th Annual National Conference" held in Minneapolis, MN on September 29–October 1, 2015.
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
- 0.75 CCMC - General - Case Managers