CME: Rheumatoid Arthritis: Assessing Diagnostic Results in the Primary Care Setting

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Assessing Diagnostic Results in the Primary Care Setting

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Assessing Diagnostic Results in the Primary Care Setting
Early recognition of RA in primary care practices is certainly challenging, but testing for these two autoantibodies can help close the diagnosis gap.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 minutes


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  • Overview

    Early treatment plays a big role in slowing joint damage and the other lasting effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To help primary care practices get these patients to treatment faster, this activity reviews key considerations when performing diagnostic testing for two autoantibodies, rheumatoid factor (RF) and anti-citrullinated protein antibody (ACPA).

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.

    Shira Johnson, MD
    Loretto Hospital
    Chicago, IL 

    Dr. Johnson has nothing to disclose.

    David S. Pisetsky, MD, PhD
    Professor of Medicine and Immunology
    Duke University Medical Center
    Durham, NC

    Dr. Pisetsky has nothing to disclose.

    Reviewers/Content Planners/Authors:

    • Carole Drexel, PhD, CHCP has nothing to disclose.
    • Ann Early has nothing to disclose.
    • Jessica McGrory has nothing to disclose.
    • Lawrence Sherman, FACEHP, CHCP has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Describe the clinical utility of measuring RF and ACPA with available assays within the rationale of RA pathophysiology
    • Demonstrate improved ability to apply diagnostic testing to facilitate early diagnosis of RA in primary care practices
    • Utilize a collaborative approach to the early diagnosis RA by involving the laboratory and other team members when interpreting RF and ACPA assay results.
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Provider

    Prova Education designs educational activities based on evidence-based medicine, needs and gaps analyses, learner feedback, and more. Its mission is to serve as an innovative and relevant resource for clinical content and educational interventions across a broad spectrum of specialties.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Phadia, a Division of Thermo Fisher.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of TOPEC and Prova Education. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of Prova Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

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