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
(4.4 / 180 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 Relias LLC, 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, 1133776 for 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2023.

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. Relias LLC 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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Susan D - Billings, MT  ·  May 16, 2020
A good invisible disability that most do not understand is MCS-multiple chemical sensitivity. And fragrance allergies, so many are not willing to be considerate to ones with this problem.
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Yvonne H - Imperial Beach , CA  ·  Apr 14, 2020
this interesting info, but some spelling errors
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Sandra L - Kapolei, HI  ·  Apr 03, 2020
very interesting. I can definitely use this in my work
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Samantha R - Pleasant Hill, CA  ·  Mar 03, 2020
This was a helpful review of autoimmune diseases
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Meme S - Dallas, TX  ·  Jan 27, 2020
easy to understand and full of information
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Price: $20.00
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