Autoimmune Disease - CHES530

Autoimmune Disease

A Leading Cause of Death Among Women

by Connie C. Chettle, MS, MPH, RN and Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Damaris Vieira, MS, ARNP, NP-C and Valerie Probstfeld, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
(4.3 / 142 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Autoimmune diseases are a group of more than 100 clinically distinct, chronic disorders predominantly affecting women. These diseases — which include systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, type 1 diabetes, sarcoidosis, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis — are a leading cause of death and disability among young and middle-aged women in most industrialized countries. Healthcare professionals across disciplines should have information for patients on resources, including support groups in the community, and should provide patients with education about self-care.


The goal of this continuing education program is to inform nurses, health educators, dietitians and occupational therapists about the principal autoimmune diseases, including their causes, treatment, and nursing care issues. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss at least four causes of autoimmune diseases
  • List two reasons for female predominance in autoimmune diseases
  • Describe general treatments for autoimmune diseases

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, health educators, occupational therapists and physicians .
Health Educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 7/28/2003
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/25/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/25/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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STEPHANIE V - SUMTER, SC  ·  Feb 24, 2019
Informative and educational.
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CARRIE A - Wauconda, IL  ·  Jan 31, 2019
appropriate, short but not enough
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Terra B - auburn , CA  ·  Dec 23, 2018
Very good information
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Mary Jo G - Columbia, SC  ·  Dec 17, 2018
good overview. detailed most commonly diagnosed autoimmune diseases.
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WENDY T - FORISTELL, MO  ·  Dec 03, 2018
Good, concise information.
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Price: $20.00
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