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Lifestyle Management Programs for Arthritis: Test Your Knowledge on Evidence-Based Interventions

  • Authors: Elizabeth A. Joy, MD, MPH
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 11/28/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 11/28/2023, 11:59 PM EST
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    Physicians - maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for primary care physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, community health workers, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and other healthcare practitioners (HCPs) who provide care to patients with arthritis.

The goal of this activity is for learners to be better able to self assess their learning needs related to non-pharmacologic interventions for patients with arthritis and be better able to incorporate arthritis appropriate evidence-based interventions (AAEBIs) into their patients’ treatment programs.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • AAEBIs and other appropriate physical activity opportunities for patients with arthritis
  • Self-assess learning needs related to
    • The benefits of physical activity in managing arthritis symptoms


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  • Elizabeth A. Joy, MD, MPH

    Senior Medical Director, Wellness and Nutrition
    Intermountain Healthcare
    Family Medicine and Sports Medicine
    Salt Lake City, Utah


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    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


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    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


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Lifestyle Management Programs for Arthritis: Test Your Knowledge on Evidence-Based Interventions

Authors: Elizabeth A. Joy, MD, MPHFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 11/28/2022

Valid for credit through: 11/28/2023, 11:59 PM EST



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