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Chapter 33. Rheumatoid Arthritis MTM Data Set

Diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is most commonly seen in which decade of life?

a. Second decade

b. Third decade

c. Fourth decade

d. Fifth decade

Answer c.

What is the most specific serological marker used to help confirm the diagnosis and predict the severity of rheumatoid arthritis?

a. Positive rheumatoid factor

b. Elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate

c. Elevated C-reactive protein

d. Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies

Answer d.

What is a therapeutic goal associated specifically with the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, but not usually associated with osteoarthritis?

a. Prevention of disease progression

b. Clinical remission

c. Preservation of joint function

d. Improvement of overall quality of life

Answer b.

Using living room language, which term is best described by the phrase, “a time in which the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis might be higher than normal”?

a. A remission

b. Inflammation

c. A flare up

d. An adverse event

Answer c.

What is an important component of a medication action plan (MAP) for a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

a. Address only a few important action steps for the patient.

b. Use technical language to ensure the reviewing physician is comfortable with this plan.

c. Create a MAP for every disease state the patient has during this visit to ensure completeness.

d. Combine two medication-related problems to decrease the list.

Answer a.

Which scenario associated with rheumatoid arthritis requires a referral to a physician?

a. A patient currently taking methotrexate reports mild joint swelling and moderate fatigue.

b. A patient currently taking etanercept reports a runny nose, but denies a fever.


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