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Chapter 1 – Achieving and Measuring Remission and Minimal Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Philip J. Mease Philip J. Mease, MD
Rheumatology Research
Swedish Medical Center
Clinical Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Activity Goal
Encourage rheumatologists, primary care physicians, nurses, and pharmacists to diagnose RA early; use a strategy of tight disease control to achieve remission/low disease activity as soon as possible after diagnosis; and then maintain that state, using standardized measurement tools to assess disease activity.

Target Audience
Rheumatologists, primary care physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Learning Objectives
•   Assess the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis and implement diagnostic methodologies to ensure early diagnosis.
•   Measure disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis in order to facilitate achievement of tight disease control and remission, in accordance with ACR recommendations.


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Philip J. Mease, MD, has received honoraria, consulting fees and contracted research from Abbott Laboratories, Amgen Inc, Biogen Idec, Bristol Myers- Squibb, Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc, Eli Lilly and Company, Genentech, Inc, and Pfizer Inc.

Lauren A. Cerruto (medical writer), has disclosed no significant relationships.

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This activity will include off-label discussion of rheumatoid arthritis drugs.

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Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN (lead nurse planner) has no significant relationships to disclose.
Bernadette Marie Makar, MSN, NP-C, APRN-C (nurse planner) has no significant relationships to disclose.

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This independent CME/CE activity is supported by educational grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Genentech/Biogen Idec.

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Release Date: April 13, 2011.

Termination Date: June 30, 2013.

Estimated time for completion of this activity:
CME: 1.00 hour
CNE: 43.20 minutes

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