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This CME/CE activity is provided by PRIME Education, Inc. (PRIME®) and is accredited for a multi-disciplinary audience of health care practitioners. This activity is supported by contract number HHSA290201200021I from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. User data collected through this activity will reside on PRIME's educational portal for use by AHRQ.

Summary of AHRQ's Comparative Effectiveness Review of Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs for Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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Program Overview

Activity Description

In September 2011, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a comparative effectiveness review on conventional therapies, as well as newer synthetic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). The review comprehensively examines findings from scientific studies on the benefits and risks of these treatments. The synthesis of this information clarifies the available evidence to guide clinicians and families in making appropriate treatment decisions. Potential clinical applications of the AHRQ review findings are presented in this continuing education monograph.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Compare the effectiveness of conventional treatments versus newer synthetic or biologic DMARDs for the following outcomes: symptoms, laboratory measures of inflammation, radiographic progression, and health status
  • Assess the comparative effectiveness of various DMARDs on key clinical, laboratory, and radiographic outcome measures
  • Summarize the rates and types of adverse events in comparisons between various DMARDs and between conventional treatments and DMARDs

Target Audience

This CME activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and case managers.

Method of Participation

To receive a certificate for this activity, you should:

  • Complete the learner assessment pretest
  • View the entire activity online
  • Complete an online evaluation & post-test
  • Print your certificate online

The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials, is 1.25 hours.

Term of Approval

December 31, 2011 through December 30, 2013. Original release date: December 31, 2011.

Acknowledgement of Support

There is no fee for this CME/CE activity. This activity is sponsored by PRIME Education, Inc (PRIME®) and funded under contract HHSA290201200021I from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Faculty Biographies and Disclosures

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Expert Faculty

Mark F Hoeltzel, MD
Section of Pediatric Rheumatology
Children's Mercy Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Kansas City, MO

Planner

Heidi Wynn Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC, CNRN, MSCN
National Clinical Nursing Director
Department of Neurology
Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, East
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Adjunct Faculty
Trinity Nursing Program School of Professional Studies
Trinity Washington University
Clinical Preceptor and Instructor
Advanced Practice Programs
The Catholic University of America School of Nursing
Washington, DC

Planner

Michele B Kaufman, PharmD, CGP, RPh
President, PRN Communications Inc.
Editor, Pharmacovigilance Forum, P&T Journal
NYCSHP Secretary
Adjunct Faculty
Touro College of Pharmacy
New York, NY

Peer Reviewer

Michael N Baxley, MD, MS, MPH
Chief of Quality Medical Initiative
MCCI Medical Group
Miami, FL
President and Founder Physician
AUK DOK
Managed Care Consulting Service Company
Miami, FL

Peer Reviewer

Debbie DeMuria, PharmD, RPh
Clinical Pharmacist
Consultant, Regulatory Affairs
Southborough, MA

Peer Reviewer

Kathleen A Jarvis, MS, RN, CCM
Clinical Educator
Alere Healthcare
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Accreditation/Credit Designation

This program is no longer accredited.

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Faculty Disclosures

Faculty Name
Advisory Board Consultant Grants / Research Salary / Contractual Supported Promotional Education Stock / Shareholder Other Financial Support
Mark F Hoeltzel, MD
Speaker
None None None None None None None
Heidi Wynn Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC, CNRN, MSCN
Planner
Sanofi-Aventis None None None None None None
Michele B Kaufman, PharmD, CGP, RPh
Planner
None Ortho-McNeil Janssen None None None None None
Michael N Baxley, MD, MS, MPH
Reviewer
None None None None None None None
Debbie DeMuria, PharmD, RPh
Reviewer
None Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc None None None None None
Kathleen A Jarvis, MS, RN, CCM
Reviewer
None None None None None None None
Chris R Prostko, PhD
Scientific Program Director
NoneNoneNonePRIME®NoneNoneNone
Lynn Goldenberg, RN, BSN
Director of Accreditation & Compliance
NoneNoneNonePRIME®NoneNoneNone

Disclosure Policy

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A conflict of interest is created when individuals in a position to control the content of CME/CE have a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest which therefore may bias his/her opinion and teaching. This may include receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, stocks or other financial benefits.

PRIME® willidentify, review and resolve all conflicts of interest that speakers, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, or relevant staff disclose prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation. Disclosure information for speakers, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff are provided with this activity.

Presentations that provide information in whole or in part related to non FDA approved uses of drugs and/or devices will disclose the unlabeled indications or the investigational nature of their proposed uses to the audience. Participants should refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications and warnings. Participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies prescribed in this educational activity. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the presenting faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of PRIME®, the ACCME, AANP, ACPE, ANCC and other relevant accreditation bodies.

Content validation methods are consistently utilized by PRIME® to ensure that all program content is evidence-based, fair-balanced, and developed with scientific rigor and integrity. All clinical recommendations are based on evidence accepted within the medical profession. All scientific research referred to, reported or used to support a clinical recommendation conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. In addition to review of content by course directors and expert faculty, content is also validated through independent peer reviewers selected for their expertise in the content area, as well as their experience in the intended audience. All peer reviewers, planners, course directors, faculty and relevant staff utilized by PRIME® complete disclosures which are related to their role in the educational activity.

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