Courses

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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Challenging Cases in Rheumatology: 15-year-old male with psoriasis and recent onset joint pain

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: 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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Posts

Understanding Family Issues to Maximize Adherence

The challenges of medication adherence in children are as diverse as the populations we serve. Among other things, adherence in children can be affected by […]
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The Impact of New Medications | Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

When I started in rheumatology practice 11 years ago, we had few options at our disposal to treat patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). The initial […]
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The Nervousness of the New Patient

As an adult rheumatology nurse with nearly 15 years in the field, I have a certain comfort level when educating patients who have been newly […]
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What to Do with a Patient Who Won’t Listen | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

HL was 19 years old when she was transferred from a pediatric rheumatology practice into our adult practice.
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The Pitfalls of Fragmented Care | Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

TK was an 8-year-old female who presented to our pediatric rheumatology clinic about a year ago with a positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test result (1:320), […]
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Talk about Rough Teenage Years… | Juvenile Spondyloarthritis

One of our office’s most interesting and complicated juvenile spondyloarthritis (SpA) cases involved AZ, who presented to us as a 13-year-old male with a 3-year […]
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Giving Parents Time to Think | Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

As a pediatric rheumatology nurse, my visits typically involve more than just the patient. Including mom and/or dad in the discussion often requires a variety […]
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The Long and Winding Road of a Young Athlete | Spondyloarthropathy

I recently saw a 17-year-old patient whose case caused a lot of people in our local healthcare community to scratch their heads. NJ is a […]
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My Most Memorable Patient | Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

As rheumatology nurses, we are lucky to be able to touch so many lives in a memorable way. Consequently, when a patient appears in our […]
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My Most Memorable Patient | Juvenile Inflammatory Arthritis

Several years ago, I was involved in an early trial of adalimumab in pediatric patients with juvenile inflammatory arthritis (JIA). One precocious 12-year-old girl enrolled […]
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How I Learned About the Immune System | Immunology

Picture this: A 43-year-old nurse practitioner (that’s me) on the floor of her 8-year- old daughter’s Disaster Area bedroom, drawing different colored blobs with pointy […]
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