Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Optimizing Pharmacotherapeutic Management Strategies

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Some have suggested that criteria for the diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis 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.

By the end of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Optimizing Pharmacotherapeutic Management Strategies, you will be able to:
• Describe the pathophysiology of RA such that it might inform treatment mechanisms.
• Describe professional guideline recommendations’ approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of RA and, where applicable, apply them to patient cases
• Identify the currently available and emerging pharmacotherapeutic treatments for management of RA and apply them to patient cases using evidence-based medicine.
• Evaluate a treatment plan for a specific patient with RA to optimize safety and efficacy, suggesting modifications for improvement, including the management of comorbidities.
• Describe the challenges and barriers to care associated with treating patients with RA.

Target Audience:
Rheumatologists and primary care physicians; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who practice in rheumatology; and any other health care providers with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with RA.

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