The Impact of Obesity in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Impact of Obesity in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

We will look at the association between obesity and rheumatoid arthritis and how the presence of excess weight impacts patient experience and response to disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug therapy. We will also briefly address current thinking surrounding the “obesity paradox.” Lastly, we will explore approaches to weight loss in patients who are overweight or obese and the general benefits of weight loss in this population.

Presentation, Assessment, & Treatment of Lupus Flares

Presentation, Assessment, & Treatment of Lupus Flares

We will examine how SLE patients experience a flare, the varying symptoms of flares, and the options for their treatment. We will also take a look at the questions that nurses and nurse practitioners can ask patients with SLE at every visit—both related and unrelated to disease flares—to help monitor and manage potentially disruptive changes in disease activity.

Family Planning & Pregnancy Issues in RA

Family Planning & Pregnancy Issues in RA

We will explore emerging standards for the care of pregnant women with RA, including the role of new drug labeling rules and pregnancy registries in developing a better understanding of pregnancy-related drug safety. We will also explore considerations for women who are breastfeeding as well as for male patients with RA who are making family planning decisions.