Released: March 4, 2020 Expires: August 31,2021 (date subject to change)
CE for this activity will not be available after this date.
Rheumatic diseases are conditions in which inflammation occurs in joints, tendons, ligaments, bones or muscles. Without treatment, SARDs can cause irreversible tissue destruction, organ malfunction and severe disability. This activity will enable the NP to evaluate the patient for rheumatic diseases and facilitate patients' timely access to early diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of the most common rheumatic disorders.CE Credit Instructions
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Objectives Upon completion of this activity, the NP will be able to:
the clinical presentations of the most common systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases
differential diagnostic procedures for evaluating patients with signs and
symptoms of different systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases
the role of the nurse practitioner in facilitating timely referral to
rheumatology specialists for patient with suspected systemic autoimmune
barriers to specialty referral and solutions to overcome those barriers
the role of the nurse practitioner in providing timely access to treatment and
initiating disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
Prioritize the long-term management requirements for systemic autoimmune
rheumatic disorders and the role of NPs in patient counseling, monitoring, and
Kori Dewing ANP-BC, RN-C, DNP, ARNPDisclosure
This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies. Dr. Kori Dewing has no relevant affiliations to disclose. This educational activity may contain opinions of the authors from their personal experience. The activity may contain discussion of published and/ or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/ participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program. Additional Information
By the year 2040, it is expected that 78 million people, (26% of the U.S. adult population), will have a diagnosed rheumatic disorder, other arthritis, SLE or fibromyalgia, creating an increasing demand for rheumatology specialists. By 2030, the rheumatologist shortage will exceed 4,000 providers with non-urban areas expected to be most affected., with some patients waiting four or more months and travelling more than 200 miles for an appointment. The American College of Rheumatologists, (ACR) has called for increased collaboration between NPs, PAs and Rheumatologists in order to meet this need. For questions or more information concerning this online CE opportunity contact the AANP CE Center Manager at CECenter@aanp.org.
1.25 Contact Hour(s) of CE, 0.5 of which may be applied towards Pharmacology
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