The 2018 Conference Enduring Course consists of a series of videos from passionate experts that presented at the 2018 11th Annual RNS Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
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.
We will examine the pathophysiology of psoriatic arthritis, focusing on epidemiology, pathogenesis, and common presenting features of the disease. We’ll also review data reflecting the current diagnostic ability among rheumatology and dermatology providers.
We will look at the key components of the first several visits to a rheumatology practice for an individual with suspected or newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including the diagnostic and disease classification process as well as initial approaches to treatment for patients naïve to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.
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.
We will provide an introductory level description of the basic immunology and pathophysiology of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) that will allow rheumatology nurses and nurse practitioners to better understand and explain key concepts of SLE to their patients.
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.