New Developments in the Diagnosis
and Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session at the 2017 Fall Forum. If you participated in
the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from January 10, 2018 to January 31, 2019

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
AbbVie and Lilly USA LLC

Psoriatic arthritis is a debilitating, progressive, inflammatory disease that is associated with a number of dermatologic and musculoskeletal manifestations that affect men and women equally. Patients often experience extreme pain and joint damage which affect their quality of life, physical function, and ability to work. Approximately 30% to 40% of people with psoriasis will also develop psoriatic arthritis, a painful and potentially disfiguring condition that remains underdiagnosed. Symptoms include fatigue, joint inflammation, and potentially progressive joint damage. Diagnosis may be easier to confirm if psoriasis coexists with symptoms of arthritis. However, in as many as 15% of cases, symptoms of psoriatic arthritis appear before symptoms of psoriasis. A careful medical history, physical examination, blood tests, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and x-rays of the involved joints along with a dermatologic evaluation may be used to diagnose psoriatic arthritis. In addition to early diagnosis, the goal of treatment for psoriatic arthritis is to properly manage the disease by obtaining remission; which includes prompt, aggressive treatment aimed at limiting joint damage and clearing skin psoriasis. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and traditional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used to reduce inflammation caused by arthritis with the intent of reducing pain, swelling and stiffness. However, many of these medications suppress the immune system and lead to a potential increase risk of infections. Thankfully novel biologic treatments have been developed and have been proven to stop joint damage as well as pain and swelling in moderate to severe psoriatic arthritis.

Upon Completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the safety and efficacy of current and emerging treatments, including the mechanism of action of newer biologics

  • Assess the latest developments in screening tools that identify patients at risk for psoriatic arthritis

  • Identify the common comorbidities in patients with psoriatic arthritis

  • Analyze strategies on how effective systematic therapies might be used in clinical practice

  • Discuss the latest research developments and guidelines in the management of psoriatic arthritis

Faculty: Atul Deodhar, MD, MRCP
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director
Rheumatology Clinics
Oregon Health & Science University
OHSU Division of Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases


Dr. Deodhar serves as an advisor or consultant for Eli Lilly, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB. He receives grants for clinical research from Amgen, AbbVie, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB.  His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

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nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hours toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
AbbVie and Lilly USA LLC

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