Purpose: Health care providers will increase their understanding of a variety of common autoimmune disorders including skills needed for patient care. Objectives: 1. Better understand how the immune system works; 2. Discuss the causes, incidence and risk factors related to autoimmune disorders; 3. Discuss the pathophysiology of a variety of common autoimmune disorders including Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and others; 4. Explain the symptoms and prognosis of these disorders; 5. Explore disease-modifying treatments and therapies for autoimmune disorders; 6. Describe related complications; 7. Discuss autoimmune disease in women and gerontologic considerations; 8. Discuss research studies related to autoimmune diseases. Continuing Education Credits: 4.0 contact hours Iowa BON #335; 4.0 contact hours CA Board of Nursing CEP 14033; 4.0 contact hours CE Broker # 50-4572 Florida and District of Columbia; 4.0 contact hours for Social Work State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 159.001315; 4.0 contact hours for Physical Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 216.000284; 4.0 contact hours for Occupational Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 224.000164; 4.0 CE hours for long term care department heads; and other health care disciplines.
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