This workshop will be conducted during the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

Will be available directly following the activity.


Richard Martin, MD, MA

Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology,

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

East Lansing, Michigan



Sheetal Desai, MD, MSEd

Interim Chief of Rheumatology,

Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director,

Director, Lupus Clinic

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, California

Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC

Nurse Practitioner,

Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology University of Rochester Medical Center

Clinical Associate, University of Rochester School of Nursing

President of The Rheumatology Nurses Society

Rochester, New York



Welcome and Activity Overview

Lunch Provided


SDM as a Strategy to Increase Patient Engagement and Achieve RA Treatment Targets

Richard Martin, MD, MA


Translating Clinical Trial Evidence to Facilitate Good Patient Decisions

Sheetal Desai, MD, MSEd


SDM Demonstration

Facilitated by Richard Martin, MD, MA


iPad® Practice Exercise

Facilitated by Richard Martin, MD, MA


Chat Rheum Group Discussion

Facilitated by Richard Martin, MD, MA


DMARD Therapy and Team-Based Care Roundtable

Facilitated by Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC


Question and Answer Session






The target audience for this initiative is rheumatologists and members of their healthcare team. Other healthcare professionals who treat patients with RA may also benefit from participation.




This interactive CME workshop will uncover the impact of shared decision making (SDM) on optimizing treatment decisions to achieve desired treatment targets in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Two fast-paced presentations will spotlight the strategy around SDM, including techniques to increase patient engagement and translating clinical trial evidence into good patient decisions. Next, leading faculty will be joined by a patient-actor to stage patient-provider communication inspired by real-life scenarios. Attendees will also have the option to enhance their own skills through a guided SDM practice exercise. The activity will conclude with a roundtable discussion on patient-centered, team-based RA care, including time for Q&A. Throughout the workshop, participants will be invited to interact verbally or via iPad® as well as explore decision aids and other provided educational resources.




As a result of participation in this educational activity, participants should improve their ability to



Utilize best available evidence for choosing and adjusting DMARD therapy to achieve desired treatment targets in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.


Effectively engage a patient with rheumatoid arthritis to make a shared decision about intensifying their DMARD therapy to attain tighter disease control.


Explore best practices for providing team-based care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.



Forefront Collaborative designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




Forefront Collaborative is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.




Educational activities provided by Forefront Collaborative must demonstrate balance, independence, and scientific rigor. All those in a position to control the content of an activity must disclose all relevant financial relationship(s) with commercial interest(s). The disclosures will be listed in the activity handout.



Educational grant support for this workshop is provided by Forefront Collaborative and sponsored by Lilly. This is not an official program of the American College of Rheumatology. For further information concerning Lilly grant funding, visit www.lillygrantoffice.com.


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