Chat Rheum

Need

Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do not have their disease adequately controlled, and only a minority achieve consistent remission. A team-based approach to RA care brings together the skills and knowledge of all team members, but it requires a high level of communication and cooperation. The rheumatology community recognizes the value of patient-provider shared decision making (SDM), but it does not happen routinely.

Activity

  • October 24, 2018, Chicago, Illinois
  • 90-minute, interactive live workshop
  • Concise didactic presentations, SDM demonstration and role play, interaction using iPads®, patient engagement practice strategy exercise, and decision aid
  • Multi-professional faculty panel discussion
  • Delivered in conjunction with the 2018 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Meeting

Goal

Increase the ability of rheumatologists to provide patient-centered
care to patients with RA that addresses patient needs, is consistent with clinical practice guidelines, and leads to optimal therapeutic outcomes.

Outcomes (n=54)

92%
of attendees reported the SDM demonstration enhanced their learning experience
73%
of attendees rated the scientific/technical level of the SDM demonstration as excellent
59%
plan to make changes (per the executive summary)

Faculty

Richard W. Martin, MD, MA
East Lansing, Michigan
Sheetal Desai, MD, MSEd
Irvine, California
Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC
Rochester, New York