The RELIEF Initiative: Reducing the Burden of Axial Spondyloarthritis Through Screening and Referral


Atul Deodhar, MD, MRCP
Professor of Medicine
Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, School of Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR

Joerg Ermann, MD
Associate Physician
Division of Rheumatology, Inflammation and Immunity
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA


This live virtual activity will help clinicians reduce the significant delay between onset of symptoms and diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) by identifying patients with inflammatory back pain who should be promptly referred to a rheumatologist for further assessment. Case studies and engaging whiteboard animations on the features of axSpA and the consequences of delays in diagnosis create a memorable and practical learning experience.


This educational activity is specifically designed for US primary care physicians, orthopedists, spine surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, and other health care providers who are involved in the care of patients with axial spondyloarthritis.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between inflammatory and mechanical back pain and recognize risk factors for axSpA in patients with chronic back pain
  • Utilize screening and referral strategies to identify patients with a high probability of axSpA and promptly refer them to a specialist
  • Recognize the impact of axSpA and delays in diagnosis on patient quality of life

Med Learning Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This CME activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Essentials.

Med Learning Group designates this live virtual activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Purpose: This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the therapeutic management of patients with axial spondyloarthritis.

CNE Credits: 1.5 ANCC Contact Hour(s).


Ultimate Medical Academy/Complete Conference Management is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional education development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Awarded 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by Med Learning Group must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All faculty, authors, editors, staff, and planning committee members participating in an MLG-sponsored activity are required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or providers of commercial services that are discussed in an educational activity.


Faculty Relationship Manufacturer
Atul Deodhar, MD Fees Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB
Consultant AbbVie, Amgen, Aurinia, BMS, Celgene, Lilly, GSK, Janssen, MoonLake, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB
Research Funding AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb, Celgene, Eli Lilly, Glaxo Smith & Kline, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB
Joerg Ermann, MD Consultant/Advisory Boards Eli Lilly, Pfizer, UCB
Research and Grant Funding AbbVie, Novartis, UCB

CME Content Review
The content of this activity was independently peer-reviewed.
The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

CNE Content Review

The content of this activity was peer reviewed by a nurse reviewer.

Douglas Cox, MSN, MHA, RN
Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM – Lead Nurse Planner

The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

Staff Planners and Managers

The staff, planners, and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME/CE activity:

Matthew Frese, MBA, General Manager of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Christina Gallo, SVP, Educational Development for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Douglas Cox, MSN, MHA, RN, UMA/CCM – LNP, has nothing to disclose.
Diana Tommasi, Medical Director for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Lauren Welch, MA, VP, Accreditation and Outcomes for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Russie Allen, Accreditation and Outcomes Manager for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Johnson, Senior Program Manager for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
Natalie Smith, Program Coordinator for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.


Med Learning Group requires that faculty participating in any CME activity disclose to the audience when discussing any unlabeled or investigational use of any commercial product or device not yet approved for use in the United States.
During this lecture, faculty may mention the use of medications for both FDA-approved and non-approved indications.


There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this live virtual activity. To receive CME/CNE credit participants must:

  1. Read the CME/CNE information and faculty disclosures.
  2. Participate in the live virtual activity.
  3. Complete pre-and-post surveys and evaluation.

You will receive your certificate as a downloadable file.

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This activity is designed for educational purposes. Participants have a responsibility to use this information to enhance their professional development in an effort to improve patient outcomes. Conclusions drawn by the participants should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision making before applying any information, whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

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This activity is provided by Med Learning Group.

Co-provided by Ultimate Medical Academy/Complete Conference Management (CCM).
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly.


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