Each year, the American College of Rheumatology holds an Annual Scientific Meeting, bringing together thousands of rheumatologists and health professionals from around the world. The meeting lasts for several days and involves numerous sessions to present the latest rheumatology research, to enhance learning, and to offer professional development. For the past two years, the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation has had a presence at the ACR Annual Meeting in the Exhibit Hall, where we have been able to share information about our organization and share the patient perspective with conference attendees.
This year in addition to our exhibit booth, RPF Founder Kelly Young, RPF Advisory Board Member Dr. Jeffrey Curtis, and RPF Member and Registered Nurse Elizabeth Riggs, PhD will be speaking together at one of the sessions. They will present along with Theresa Brady of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, for a combined session titled: Enhancing Clinical Practice With Patient Engagement and Self-management Support Strategies.
You can view an outline of the session from the ACR Annual Meeting registration brochure:
This session will provide an opportunity for rheumatology health professionals to learn how to more effectively engage patients in order to improve outcomes. Patient engagement involves utilizing patient-reported outcomes in disease and treatment evaluation, using shared decision making tactics when determining a treatment course, and building partnerships between patients and health care providers to more effectively strive toward disease management goals.
We believe that doctor-patient communication is a key component to rheumatology care and we look forward to the opportunity to present on this topic at the ACR Annual Meeting in October.