THE OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE OF ACR CONVERGENCE 2022 • NOVEMBER 10-14

  • Plenary III highlights emerging insights into knee OA, PMR, APS, gout, JIA, and RA

    Plenary III highlights emerging insights into knee OA, PMR, APS, gout, JIA, and RA

    In the third plenary session at ACR Convergence, Stephen Messier, PhD, discussed a pragmatic randomized trial that demonstrated how intensive diet and exercise can reduce knee pain in knee osteoarthritis in community-based settings as effectively as in academic settings. READ MORE

  • ARP Keynote speaker reignites passion in practice by redefining success

    ARP Keynote speaker reignites passion in practice by redefining success

    People who work in healthcare are taught to be stoic and objective. At the same time, 60 percent of these professionals report experiencing mental health repercussions from their work. Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN, addressed confronting these challenges. READ MORE

  • Late-Breaking Abstracts session features innovative research from six timely studies

    Late-Breaking Abstracts session features innovative research from six timely studies

    New discoveries pave the way for possible new approaches to treating patients with autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases. Research by Giovanni Adami, MD, could support anti-osteoporotic treatments for patients taking low-dose glucocorticoids. READ MORE

  • Investigators unveil draft of new classification criteria for antiphospholipid syndrome

    Investigators unveil draft of new classification criteria for antiphospholipid syndrome

    New classification criteria for APS presented at ACR Convergence 2022 are under review by ACR/EULAR and pending final approval. The highly specific, evidence-based criteria will help identify patients with a high likelihood of APS for clinical research, said Medha Barbhaiya, MD, MPH. READ MORE

  • ACR drafts inaugural guideline for integrated care for RA

    ACR drafts inaugural guideline for integrated care for RA

    The first ACR guideline for integrated treatment related to rheumatoid arthritis provides direction on physical, psychosocial, mind-body, and nutritional interventions through a shared decision-making approach. Bryant England, MD, PhD, RhMSUS, and other speakers underscored the need for an interprofessional team to effectively treat patients. READ MORE

  • First-ever CPPD classification criteria presented

    First-ever CPPD classification criteria presented

    The proposed criteria, in development since 2019, will help clinicians more accurately diagnose and treat calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease and encourage renewed research into this disease, said Sara K. Tedeschi, MD, MPH, who was one of the co-leaders of the criteria project. READ MORE

  • New ACR vaccination guideline in press

    New ACR vaccination guideline in press

    With the recognition that rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and immunosuppression can affect the immunogenicity and safety of vaccines, the ACR has issued its own guideline for vaccination in patients with RMDs. Project leader Anne Bass, MD, and other panelists outlined the new recommendations at ACR Convergence. READ MORE

  • Plenary II details data on biosimilar switching, co-pays, and other new research

    Plenary II details data on biosimilar switching, co-pays, and other new research

    The second of three plenary sessions addressed ground-breaking developments in rheumatic diseases, including Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic sclerosis, lupus, and osteoarthritis. Raisa Lomanto Silva, MD, discussed drug co-pay costs and adherence. READ MORE

  • Rheumatologists can help young patients to preserve their reproductive health

    Rheumatologists can help young patients to preserve their reproductive health

    Children with rheumatic disease often become adults with rheumatic disease. Cuoghi Edens, MD, FAAP, and Jacqueline Maher, MD, discussed how rheumatology providers can support reproductive health and protect fertility in adolescent patients. READ MORE

  • Experts offer guidance on contraception safety, legal risks in reproductive health session

    Experts offer guidance on contraception safety, legal risks in reproductive health session

    Panelists including Megan Clowse, MD, MPH, offered practical guidance and tools for discussing contraception and family planning with rheumatology patients. She encouraged honest, accurate conversation, as well as creating an environment of trust and safety. READ MORE