RA Management: Patient Perspectives on Comprehensive Care

Author(s)/Faculty: Leonard H. Calabrese, DO; Richard M. Frankel, PhD; M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH
Release Date: 4/30/2022Expiration Date: 4/29/2023
Credit Type: CMENumber of Credits: 0.5
Content Type: VideoProvider:
Advances in therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) over the past 2 decades combined with treat-to-target strategies have yielded significant improvements in patient outcomes. Despite these gains, issues related to quality of life and patient–practitioner communication remain a concern. To close these practice gaps, experts have advocated for a relationship-centered care model that prioritizes a patient reported outcomes, quality of life (QoL) assessment, and a strong therapeutic alliance between the patient and provider. This model of care has been demonstrated to improve outcomes in many chronic disease states and to reduce stress and burn out among practitioners. In this educational activity, physicians and their patients discuss approaches to RA care that prioritize empathic communication, meaningful assessment of QoL, and integration of wellness strategies into the care plan.