It’s Never Just Arthritis: Impact of Chronic Pain, Decreased Mobility, and Sleep Disturbance

Introduction to this Continuing Education Activity

Number of contact hours: 2

Osteoarthritis is often viewed as a consequence of aging supported by the historical “wear and tear” theory. Similar to a car, the notion is that if we put enough miles on it, the parts will start to wear out. However, more recent thinking is moving away from this theory and looking more closely at the role of inflammation. In this activity, we take a closer look at this inflammatory process and the potential consequences associated with it.

Following completion of this activity, you will be able to:

1. Describe the role of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the development of osteoarthritis and associated comorbidities.

2. Describe and trace the development of at least two potential comorbidities for each of the following symptoms experienced by persons with osteoarthritis: chronic pain, immobility and sleep disruption.

3. Assess the risk for developing comorbidities in an adult with osteoarthritis with knowledge of specific tools to measure the impact of three specific symptoms associated with this chronic disease.

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

Criteria for the Successful Completion of this Educational Activity Watch a narrated video that includes 41 slides and complete the evaluation form following the last slide. You are required to watch each slide before proceeding to the next one. The system will not allow you to skip slides and honestly, you won’t want to miss any! Once the evaluation form is completed and submitted, you will be issued your certificate.

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 valid through August 1, 2019. Assigned ONA # Beyond this date, contact hours cannot be awarded.

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

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.

IMPORTANT: Please do not register yet for this course yet. I’m still working on putting everything back together after being hacked. It should be ready to go by Feb 15th – Stay tuned!!

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