Joanne Visit 1: An Older Female Presenting With Worsening Joint Pain


Joanne Visit 1: An Older Female Presenting With Worsening Joint Pain

Topic: Rheumatology
Relevant Terms: Osteoarthritis
Primary Audience: Primary Care Physicians; Geriatricians; Anesthesiologists; Neurologists; Rheumatologists; Orthopedic Surgeons; Nurse Practitioners; and Physician Assistants.
Launch Date: 09-Aug-10
Credits: 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Expiration Date: The accreditation for this activity has expired.
Curriculum Name: A Case-Based Approach to Optimizing the Management of Osteoarthritis

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify signs and symptoms indicative of osteoarthritis
  2. Outline strategies for multidisciplinary, team-based management of patients with osteoarthritis
  3. Describe common drug interactions relevant to agents used in the treatment of osteoarthritis
  4. Assess the clinical efficacy and safety of current and novel therapeutic options for the management of osteoarthritis and their potential utility in clinical practice


    Leonard Fromer, MD
    Associate Clinical Professor
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Health Care Systems Consultant
    Los Angeles, California
    Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc
    Jane Knight Lowe Professor of Medicine
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
    Professor of Epidemiology
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Perry G. Fine, MD
    Professor of Anesthesiology
    Pain Research Center
    School of Medicine
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    A Case-Based Approach to Optimizing the Management of Osteoarthritis
    Release date: August 9, 2010
    Expiration date: August 9, 2011
    Estimated time to complete activity: 0.5 hour
    Sponsored by Curatio CME Institute
    Support for this activity has been provided through an educational grant from Endo Pharmaceuticals.
    Target Audience
    This activity was designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, geriatricians, neurologists, anesthesiologists, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare providers involved in the care of patients with osteoarthritis.
    Accreditation Statement
    Curatio CME Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    Credit Designation
    Curatio CME Institute designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    Method of Participation
    There are no fees for participating in this CME activity. To receive credit during the period August 9, 2010 to August 9, 2011, participants must (1) read the learning objectives and disclosure statements, (2) study the educational activity, (3) complete the posttest and activity evaluation form, including the certificate information section.
    To obtain a certificate, participants must receive a score of 70% or better on the posttest. The posttest can be accessed at the end of the activity. Please e-mail any questions to
    The Internet was selected as the instructional format to accommodate the learning preferences of a significant portion of the target audience.
    The information presented in this activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician regarding diagnosis and treatment of a specific patient's medical condition.

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    Perry G. Fine, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Advisory Board: Ameritox Ltd, Cephalon, Inc., Covidien, Janssen Pharmaceutical Products, LP, Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., PriCara; Purdue Pharma LP
    Leonard Fromer, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
    Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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