Significant challenges remain to improving care of patients with heart failure (HF), despite recent improvements in management protocols. This is particularly true for patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF); guideline-directed medical therapy can reduce hospitalizations and mortality rates in HFrEF, but real-world data indicate that guideline-recommended goals are rarely achieved. This case-based activity addresses the challenge of improving patient care for HFrEF, focusing on implementation of guideline-directed medical therapy for HF prevention and management, and strategies for individualizing therapy.
Case study with interactive benchmarking
To provide NPs and PAs with appropriate guidance on implementation of guideline-directed medical therapy in order to individualize care for patients with HF.
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Describe current guidelines and evidence for the management of patients with HF
- Plan guideline‐recommended approaches for medication dosing and therapy escalation for the management of patients with HF
- Individualize management of patients with HF based on guideline recommendations on biomarkers, patient characteristics, and comorbid conditions
NPs and PAs
CNE Credit Designation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Continuing Education Alliance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Nursing contact hours: 0.50, which includes 0.50 hours of pharmacology credit
Nurse Planner: Mary Knudtson, DNSc, NP, University of California, Santa Cruz
AAPA Credit Designation Statement
Continuing Education Alliance has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until December 28, 2019. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
This program was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Continuing Education Alliance, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, or any educational supporter.
All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Continuing Education Alliance are required to disclose to the audience any relevant support or substantial relationships with providers of commercial products and/or devices discussed in this activity and/or with any commercial supporters of the activity. In addition, all faculty are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in this activity. The faculty and planning committee have been advised that this activity must be free from commercial bias, and based upon all the available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
Mr Thibodeau has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The Planning Committee for this activity included Mary Knudtson, DNSc, NP, University of California, Santa Cruz; and Ruth Cohen, Melissa Culverwell, and Devera Pine of Continuing Education Alliance. The members of the Planning Committee have no relevant relationships to disclose.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Read the activity in its entirety
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form online
Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70%.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 0.50 hours.
Release date: December 28, 2018
Expiration date: December 28, 2019
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