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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Community Practice Connections™: Ankylosing Spondylitis for the Family Clinician: Escalating Your Expertise on Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Release Date: November 27, 2019
Expiration Date: November 27, 2020
Media: Internet - based

Activity Overview

Spondyloarthritis (SpA) characterizes a diverse group of chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases that share similar pathophysiological, genetic, and clinical characteristics, including the involvement of the axial skeleton and peripheral and extra-articular manifestations. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an advanced form of axial SpA characterized by radiographic changes in the sacroiliac joints. Nonradiographic axial SpA is considered an early stage of the disease. AS can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages because the disease is slow to develop, symptoms are easily misdiagnosed, and there is no single, reliable test to diagnose or rule out AS. Due to the potentially debilitating nature of AS and the availability of effective treatment options, it is important to increase awareness among healthcare professionals of available diagnostic tools in order to identify the disease as early as possible and give patients the opportunity to effectively manage and even change the course of the disease.

Benefits of Participating

  • Implement strategic measures to improve identification of clinical symptoms for prompt assessment and diagnosis of AS
  • Increase awareness of current recommendations for treatment of AS in adults
  • Employ best practices to increase awareness of appropriate and timely referral strategies for proper management of AS

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

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Target Audience

This educational program is directed toward primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals involved in the management of ankylosing spondylitis.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, you should be better prepared to:

  • Review the epidemiology, etiology, and signs/symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
  • Recognize the importance of timely diagnosis of AS.
  • Evaluate the latest data on the efficacy, safety, and dosing/administration of approved/emerging AS treatments.
  • Analyze appropriate and timely referral strategies for AS.

Faculty, Staff, and Planners’ Disclosures


Joerg Ermann
Joerg Ermann, MD
Associate Physician
Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Disclosures: Grant Research Support: Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer; Consultant: Eli Lilly, Novartis, UCB.

Abhijeet Danve
Abhijeet Danve, MBBS, MD
Rheumatologist, Yale Rheumatology
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Disclosures: Grant Research Support: Novartis; Consultant: DynaMed Plus; Speakers Bureau: Rockpointe CME; Shareholder: Novartis.

Runsheng Wang
Runsheng Wang, MD, MHS
Rheumatologist, Columbia Doctors
Instructor in Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY

Disclosures: Consultant: Eli Lilly, Novartis.

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