This CPD module is about current thinking on arthritis. It will consider the two most common types of arthritis and how to manage the symptoms with medication and lifestyle changes.


To understand the symptoms and management of the two most common arthritic conditions: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


After reading this module, pharmacy technicians should:

  • Appreciate the differences between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and be aware of some of the conditions that can produce similar symptoms
  • Know the selfcare steps that can help in the management of these conditions
  • Have an understanding of some of the main pharmacological treatments of these disease.

Contributing author: 

Asha Fowells MRPharmS, community pharmacist and pharmacy writer.

About this module

This CPD module is designed for community pharmacy technicians to use as part of their continuing professional development. Reflection exercises have been included to help start you off in the CPD learning cycle.
Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacy technicians. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.


Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.

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