Courses

New Targets, New Therapies: What Does the Future Hold in the Treatment Of RA?

This issue of Rheumatology Nurse Practice will explore the growing base of knowledge regarding the pathophysiology of RA and how new agents being developed are targeting new pathways in new ways. It will also examine the growing role of biosimilars as they begin to be introduced more regularly into clinical care.
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Challenging Cases in Rheumatology: 25-year-old female RA patient with significant erosive changes

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Apply lessons from case studies of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) into the clinical setting, and (2)vDiscuss the importance of managing issues such as comorbidities, side effects, and drug adherence in patients with RA...
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Challenging Cases in Rheumatology: 80-year-old male with potential new-onset RA

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Apply lessons from case studies of patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) into the clinical setting, and (2) Discuss the importance of managing issues such as comorbidities, side effects, and drug adherence in patients with PsA...
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Challenging Cases in Rheumatology: 2-year-old girl presenting with difficulty ambulating

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Apply lessons from case studies of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) into the clinical setting, and (2) Discuss the importance of managing issues such as comorbidities, side effects, and drug adherence in patients with RA...
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Updates in RA, PsA, and Biosimilars: A Pipeline View for the Clinical Nurse

The goal of this activity is to increase awareness in targeted treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA), as well as the potential impact of biosimilar medicines in rheumatology clinical practice.
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Challenging Cases in Rheumatology: 35-year-old uninsured male with poor prognostic factors

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Apply lessons from case studies of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) into the clinical setting, (2) Discuss the importance of managing issues such as comorbidities, side effects, and drug adherence in patients with RA
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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.
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Challenging Cases in Rheumatology: 17-year-old female referred by her PCP with recent joint pain

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Apply lessons from case studies of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) into the clinical setting, and (2) Discuss the importance of managing issues such as comorbidities, side effects, and drug adherence in patients with RA...
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Drop the Anchor? DMARD Monotherapy for the Treatment of RA

We will explore the current body of evidence addressing the use of DMARD monotherapy, specifically biologic and targeted synthetic small molecule therapies, in patients with RA. What do the guidelines say about when to prescribe biologics or small molecules, and is monotherapy with these medications ever recommended?
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Posts

Will the medications I may be prescribed for my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) increase my risk of getting cancer? | Handling the Hard Questions Series

A chapter from HANDLING THE HARD QUESTIONS: What Our Patients Are Asking Us About Rheumatic Disease Read and download this booklet on our Workforce Resource […]
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Does a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) mean I am going to eventually be crippled or disabled? | Handling the Hard Questions Series

A chapter from HANDLING THE HARD QUESTIONS: What Our Patients Are Asking Us About Rheumatic Disease Read and download this booklet on our Workforce Resource […]
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How did I get Rheumatoid Arthritis? | Handling the Hard Questions Series

A chapter from HANDLING THE HARD QUESTIONS: What Our Patients Are Asking Us About Rheumatic Disease Read and download this booklet on our Workforce Resource […]
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Dealing with the Unique Challenges of the “Have Nots” | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

In the United States, those of us who work as healthcare providers often struggle with the realities of the “haves” vs. the “have nots.” The […]
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Fighting the Good Fight with Insurers | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

The majority of patients we see on a day-to-day basis in our rheumatology practices require straightforward decisions and straightforward solutions. But there are always outliers. […]
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Opioids and Obesity: A Complicated Challenge | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

It’s impossible to get through a day without hearing about or seeing an article focused on the current opioid crisis in the United States. The […]
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Bariatric Surgery: Helping Our Patients Take the Ultimate Step in Weight Loss | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

MDis a 51-year-old woman who first came to our practice approximately 12 years ago with complaints of diffuse joint pain. Her recent history included pain […]
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Is Fat Making Our Patient’s RA Worse? | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

I had a new patient, LO, come to me following a referral from urgent care in March 2017. Her urgent care visit was prompted by […]
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Making Deviations to the Normal Treatment Pattern | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

When a patient is newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there are specific treatment guidelines that are typically followed. This includes the initiation of one […]
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All Hail the Negotiator | Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

I first met JY 2 weeks ago. A 35-year-old, tall, lanky male with a 2-year history of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA), JY initially presented to […]
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The Impact of Everyday Life on Drug Adherence… And How You Can Help | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

I was diagnosed with my first chronic illness at age 5, so I’ve taken medication daily for basically as long as I can remember. As […]
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Ringing the Bell of Hope for Our Patients | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

In October 2017, I met JP, a 66-year-old female patient, for the first time. During our initial meeting, JP reported that she had been recently […]
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What I Wish My Rheumatology Team Had Told Me Before I Got Pregnant | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the age of 25, one of my first concerns was how it would impact my ability […]
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A Tale of Two Pregnancies | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

As rheumatology nurses, we see many patients in what should be the prime years of their lives.
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What to Expect When You’re a New Parent With RA | Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Being a new parent is never easy, but it can be especially challenging for patients with a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here […]
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Going Beyond Numbers on the Page | Rheumatoid Arthritis

“How are my numbers?” It’s a question that I get daily from my patients, often on several occasions. Patients will call and ask for a […]
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Getting at That “One Thing” That Makes a Difference | Rheumatoid Arthritis

We all have patients who are hard to connect with, stubborn beyond belief despite what we think is clear evidence that refutes their deep-seated obstinence. […]
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Learning to Meet Our Patients Where They Are | Rheumatoid Arthritis

As a rheumatology nurse practitioner with 16 years of experience, I have seen a lot of patients with rapidly progressing disease. Unquestionably, after nearly 2 […]
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Hoping for a Home Run, but Ending with a Strikeout | Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjögren’s

J.T. was a former professional baseball player who came to our practice after being diagnosed at age 45 with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In the […]
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It Takes a Village | Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis

In nursing school, we are taught to use care plans to help manage our patients’ health problems. First, we assess the patient; next, we develop […]
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The “What Ifs” That Stay With Us | Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sometimes, we encounter a patient in our practice who touches our life and our soul, and never leaves our heart. One such patient of mine […]
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When Lab Tests Tell the Truth | Rheumatoid Arthritis

Biomarkers have been an important addition to the toolbox of rheumatology healthcare providers, which was illustrated in my interactions with G.H., a recent patient of […]
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When Lab Tests Lie | Rheumatoid Arthritis

Twelve years ago, I met R.T., a 35-year-old female patient who had previously been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Her rheumatoid factor was positive at 49. […]
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What Quality Improvement Means To Me | Rheumatoid Arthritis

In rheumatology, we are challenged with the formidable task of simultaneously improving quality, enhancing equity, and ensuring value in the care we provide for our […]
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