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Optimizing Clinical Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Strategies for Improving Adherence. Reactions from the Patient Perspective - A Discussion with Kelly Young

Compass Points

Premiere Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Physicians (CME)

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Credit Expiration Date:
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Christina  J. Ansted, MPH, CCMEPChristina  J. Ansted, MPH, CCMEP 
Medical Program Director
CME Outfitters, LLC
Rockville, MD

Statement of Need

The therapeutic goal for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is ultimately to achieve disease remission and improve quality of life for patients. A number of factors often prevent remission. These include less-than-satisfactory treatment coupled with inconsistent management strategies. Under these circumstances, patient adherence to the prescribed treatment regimen can be suboptimal; in addition, discordance between patient and provider can occur.

In an effort to bridge the gap between physician and patient perspectives on the quality of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, CME Outfitters invited a well-respected advocate and patient, Kelly Young,(1) to offer her insights from a patient perspective and from thousands of interactions with other patients, caregivers, and researchers. True to the goals of CME to reflect on educational achievement and address all sides of clinical practice, this article reports on a live CME/CE broadcast of November 2011.(2)

This Compass Points™ article will attempt to explore unmet needs in the managing RA from the patients point of view, providing the reader with the most significant points garnered from an in-depth conversation with Ms. Young.

  1. Young K. Kelly Young wins WebMD Health Hero Award. Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior [blog]. Published November 13, 2011. Accessed December 2, 2011.
  2. CME Outfitters, LLC. CMEO Live and On Demand: Optimizing Clinical Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Strategies for Improving Adherence (November 16, 2011). Rockville, MD: CME Outfitters; 2011.

Activity Goal

To educate clinicians on the patient's perspective regarding the quality of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the nuances of adherence in rheumatoid arthritis that are present between 1) stopping medications because of adverse events or treatment inefficacy and 2) simply not taking medications.
  • Implement routine assessment and monitoring of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity using validated outcomes and patient-reported outcomes too.
  • Identify early RA and disease progression through routine screening, and enhance provider-patient communication.

Financial Support

Funding for this CME activity is provided by CME Outfitters, LLC.

Target Audience

Physicians and other health care professionals who are likely to encounter patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online at (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (80% pass rate required). This website supports all browsers except Internet Explorer for Mac. For complete technical requirements and privacy policy, visit

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CME/CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CME/CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Christina Ansted, MPH, CCMEP (planning committee) has no disclosures to report

Tony Graham, MD (content/peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Kelly Young (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Joy Bartnett Leffler, MLA, NASW, CSE (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff, CCMEP (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sandra Haas Binford, MAEd (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Unlabeled Use Disclosure

Faculty of this CME activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.

CME Outfitters, LLC, and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

Questions about this activity? Call us at 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).


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