This course features 20 sessions designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. Topics include: Cardiology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, and Women’s Health.
Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis affecting 4% of US adults. In a recent study of more than 13,000 patients with gout, less than one-third (1/3) “ever” achieved target serum urate goals over an extended follow-up period. In short, gout is a problem for patients and straining healthcare systems. Although gout is a problem in primary care, there are paths leading to improved care, better outcomes, and reduced costs.
One of every two Caucasian women in the United States will have an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime; one out of every 5 men in the United States will have an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. This activity will educate the participant on the updated guidelines to assess patients in proper diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.
The Earlier the Better: Recognition of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis in the Primary Care Setting. Arthritis is a relatively common reason for presentation in the medical office. More than 21% of US adults (46.4 million) have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affecting approximately 1.3 million adults. Diagnosing RA in the early stages can be difficult and patients may have subtle to near-normal physical examination.