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Psoriatic Arthritis: Understanding Patient Perspectives and Providing Patient-Centered Care

  • Authors: April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH; Richard Martin, MD, MA
  • CME Released: 4/28/2017
  • Valid for credit through: 5/9/2018
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity was developed for dermatologists and rheumatologists. Other clinicians, including physician assistants and nurse practitioners who treat patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), may benefit from participation in the activity.

This engaging, 45-minute enduring activity is designed for clinicians who treat patients with psoriasis and PsA. This activity will engage, inform, and educate participants on best practices for discussing with patients their beliefs about PsA and expectations for disease treatment and management. There will be a focus on shared decision making regarding goals of treatment and the treatment plan, as well as the coordination of care between dermatology providers and rheumatology providers in management of patients with PsA. The patient is the focus of the curriculum, and a series of short videos featuring a patient with psoriasis and PsA and his interactions with the healthcare providers will be featured.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will increase their ability to:

  1. Discuss with patients their beliefs about PsA, perceptions of disease severity, understanding of likely disease course, benefit/risk profiles of personalized treatment options, and expectations in respect to therapeutic outcomes
  2. Effectively engage patients with PsA in shared decision making regarding goals of treatment, development of a PsA treatment plan, and treatment modification
  3. Develop a patient-centered approach to coordination of care between dermatology providers and rheumatology providers in managing patients with PsA


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).* For this educational activity, all conflicts of interest have been resolved through peer review and revisions to ensure independence, evidence base, fair balance, and absence of commercial bias. Disclosures appear below.

*The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.


  • April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

    Associate Dean, Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Dermatology, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California


    Disclosure: April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Celgene Corporation; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Lilly; Merck & Co., Inc.; Pfizer Inc
    Served as a speaker or a member of a speakers bureau for: AbbVie Inc.
    Other: Contracted research for: AbbVie Inc.; Amgen Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Lilly

  • Richard Martin, MD, MA

    Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids, Michigan


    Disclosure: Richard Martin, MD, MA, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationship:
    Other: Contracted research for: Amgen Inc.

The following planners from Forefront Collaborative, Sydney Pate and Marianna Shershneva, MD, PhD, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The content of this activity was independently reviewed by peer physicians and a patient with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The reviewers of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This continuing medical education activity will not include reference(s) to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices.

Accreditation Statements

    For Physicians

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

    Forefront Collaborative designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated on the title page; physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted on the title page. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must receive a minimum score of 80% on the post-test.

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Psoriatic Arthritis: Understanding Patient Perspectives and Providing Patient-Centered Care

Authors: April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH; Richard Martin, MD, MAFaculty and Disclosures

CME Released: 4/28/2017

Valid for credit through: 5/9/2018


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