When the human immune system goes awry, autoimmune disease results. These diseases can lead to lost productivity, decreased quality of life and increased co-morbidities. Biologics were introduced to the autoimmune arsenal late in the 20th century. Biologics can decrease lost productivity as well as improve quality of life for the individual with autoimmune disorders; however they bring with them unique hurdles and adverse effects. After this session, you will be equipped with knowledge of commonly used biologics in order to recognize barriers both inside and outside the workplace. The session will include the implications of the Family and Medical Leave Act as well as Americans with Disabilities Act as useful tools for the worker dealing with autoimmune disorders.
Identify common autoimmune disorders affecting the working population.
Discuss the use of frequently prescribed biologics in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Identify the impact of one disease, rheumatoid arthritis, on an individual’s home and work life.