It’s Never “Just Arthritis!”

Course Overview

Introduction to this Continuing Education Activity

Number of Contact Hours: 2 Hours

Nearly one-quarter of US adults (23%) reported having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. It’s so common in those over age 50 that it’s almost considered “normal.” The symptoms commonly associated with this condition include pain, decreased activity and sleep disturbances. These are often seen as part of the aging process that accompanies failing joints. However, comorbidities associated with these symptoms can seriously impair a person’s quality of life and potentially result in serious illnesses.

This presentation will highlight the dynamic relationship between these symptoms, systemic inflammation, and the development of comorbid conditions that are potentially life threatening.  The movement away from the “wear and tear” hypothesis will be discussed. Clinical tools to help the nurse assess the severity of these symptoms within primary care settings will be shared as well as practical strategies to limit their negative impact. Finally, consideration of potential comorbidities will be discussed as critical components in the decision-making process regarding joint replacement surgery.

In order to complete this educational activity, you must have access to a computer and the Internet.

Following the completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:
After completing this educational activity, the nurse should be able to:
1.Assess and manage patients with arthritis using a more comprehensive approach, with the tools to assess and manage sources of systemic inflammation in these patients and thereby improve the odds of preventing serious comorbid illnesses.

Directions
1. Click on the link above that says “Take this course”.
2. Fill in and submit the Registration Form.
3. Once your purchase is complete, you can use your email address as your user name and the password you selected to gain entry to the course.

Criteria for the Successful Completion of this Educational Activity
Participants must view the entire video before they are able to access the evaluation form. Upon completing all required fields on this form and submitting it, a certificate of completion is generated and provided to the learner.

Approval
This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Approval does not imply endorsement by the provider, ANCC, or ONA of any products displayed in conjunction with this activity.”

This independent study was developed by: Patricia Camillo PhD,APRN, NCMP.
The author and planning committee members have declared no conflict of interest.

Disclaimer: Information in this study is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal and/or medical advice or to be a comprehensive compendium of evidence-based practice. For specific implementation information, please contact an appropriate professional, organization, legal source, or facility policy.

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