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The Pathophysiology of Spondyloarthritis: Connecting and Differentiating Characteristics

We will examine new insights into the pathophysiology of spondyloarthritis (SpA) that have led to changes in disease classification systems. This issue will also explore how the common underlying pathology of SpA subtypes leads to the diverse clinical manifestations.

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The Pathophysiology of Spondyloarthritis: Connecting the Differentiating Characteristics

JOINTLY PROVIDED BY

Support for this activity has been made possible through an educational grant from AbbVie.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nurses and nurse practitioners. Other healthcare providers may also participate.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

In this issue of Rheumatology Nurse Practice, we will examine new insights into the pathophysiology of spondyloarthritis (SpA) that have led to changes in disease classification systems. This issue will also explore how the common underlying pathology of SpA subtypes leads to the diverse clinical manifestations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After participating in the activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Identify the spectrum of SpA subtypes, along with specific characteristics that differentiate the subtypes most commonly seen in rheumatology practices
  • Differentiate axial from peripheral SpA
  • Summarize genetic and environmental factors that are thought to play a role in the development of SpA
  • Assess the importance of weight loss in altering the clinical course of patients with psoriatic arthritis

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

According to the disclosure policy of the Academy, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interests related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity and levels of evidence.

RELATIONSHIPS ARE ABBREVIATED AS FOLLOWS

E: Educational planning committee
G: Grant/research support recipient
A: Advisor/review panel member
C: Consultant
S: Stock shareholder
SB: Speaker bureau
PE: Promotional event talks
H: Honoraria
O: Other

DISCLOSURES AS FOLLOWS

Jacqueline Fritz, RN, MSN, CNS, RN-BC, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships specific to the subject matter of the content included in this educational activity: Lilly, AbbVie, Celgene, Horizon, Momenta Pharmaceuticals/A; Celgene, AbbVie, Genentech, Horizon/SB.

Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships specific to the subject matter of the content included in this educational activity: Horizon, Novartis, Medac/A

Iris Zink, MSN, NP, RN-BC, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships specific to the subject matter of the content included in this educational activity: AbbVie, Pfizer, Crescendo/A, SB; Celgene, Sanofi/A; Antares/C; Bristol Myers-Squibb/SB.

Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships specific to the subject matter of the content included in this educational activity: Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Horizon/A; Janssen/C, SB; AbbVie, Celgene/SB.

INDEPENDENT CLINICAL PEER REVIEWER

Carrie Beach, RN, BSN, Rheumatology Nurse, Columbus (OH) Arthritis Center has disclosed the following relationships: Pfizer, Horizon and Novartis/A.

OFF-LABEL PRODUCT DISCLOSURE

This activity will review off-label or investigational information of the following: guselkumab, risankizumab, brodalumab, and ixekizumab

PLANNING COMMITTEE

John JD Juchniewicz, MCIS, CHCP, and Natalie Kirkwood, RN, BSN, JD, Lead Nurse Planner, American Academy of CME: No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Scott Kober, MBA, President, MedCaseWriter, has disclosed that he does not have any relevant financial relationships specific to the subject matter of the content of the activity.

Anne Jacobson, MPH, CHCP, Medical Writer, has disclosed that she does not have any relevant financial relationships specific to the subject matter of the content of the activity.

Kevin D. Lyons, Executive Director of the Rheumatology Nurses Society and Chief Executive Officer of Lyons Den Solutions, LLC, has disclosed that he does not have any relevant financial relationships specific to the subject matter of the content of the activity.

ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT DESIGNATION

Nurses

American Academy of CME, Inc, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this educational activity for 1.25 contact hours and 0.8 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours.

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION

There are no fees to participate in the activity. Participants must review the activity information including the learning objectives and disclosure statements, as well as the content of the activity. To receive CNE credit for your participation, please complete the post-test (achieving a passing grade of 70% or greater), and program evaluation. Your certificate can be printed immediately.

PRIVACY

For more information about the American Academy of CME privacy policy, please access academycme.org/privacy.htm

CONTACT

For any questions, please contact: CEServices@academycme.org

COPYRIGHT

© 2017. This CNE-certified activity is held as copyrighted © by American Academy of CME and Rheumatology Nurses Society. Through this notice, the Academy and Rheumatology Nurses Society grant permission of its use for educational purposes only. These materials may not be used, in whole or in part, for any commercial purposes without prior permission in writing from the copyright owner(s).