Joint Effort: Working with Patients with OA and RA


The evidence is clear: Medications that manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can improve long-term outcomes. However, varying responses to treatment and nonadherence pose obstacles to optimizing therapy. Learn how to help patients with these potentially disabling conditions set—and reach—realistic functional goals and improve their quality of life.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare the available biologic and nonbiologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and select appropriate medication regimens for individual patients. 
  2. Describe a stepwise approach to minimize pain and maximize functionality in patients with osteoarthritis (OA). 
  3. Formulate care plans and establish functional goals for patients with OA and RA. 
  4. Educate patients to support adherence to treatment for OA and RA.
Beth Resman-Targoff, PharmD
Clinical Professor
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
Daniel Longyhore, PharmD, M.S., BCACP
Assistant Professor
Wilkes University; Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Specialty Pharmacy, Clinical Patient Care and Services
Session Time Slot(s): 
Sunday, March 18
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Music City Center - Room 105B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-058-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
Activity Type: