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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.


  • 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


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)

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


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