While multiple sclerosis (MS) causes significant decreases in productivity and quality of life, early diagnosis and treatment can stave off the transition to progressive disease. In this 1-credit eCourse, nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) will learn about current strategies for matching agents from an expanding armamentarium of disease-modifying therapies to individual patients with MS. When combined with efforts to improve patient adherence to therapies, enhanced outcomes are possible.
Audio-enhanced slide lecture
To improve patient care by updating clinicians on guidelines for earlier diagnosis of MS, the use of established and newer disease-modifying therapies, management of motor and nonmotor symptoms, and strategies to improve patient adherence to therapies.
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Recognize the early clinical symptoms of MS in order to facilitate prompt referral to specialist care for early diagnosis
- Counsel patients on the benefits and risks of current treatments for MS
- Implement strategies to promote long-term adherence to treatment and improve quality of life in patients with MS
NPs and PAs
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: 1.00, which includes 0.50 hours of pharmacology credit
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of May 9, 2017. Participants may submit the post-test at any time during that period.
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 AbbVie Inc.
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, the AAPA, or AbbVie.
All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Continuing Education Alliance are expected to disclose to the audience any significant 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 expected 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.
Dr Coyle: consultant: Accordant, Acorda, Bayer, Biogen, Celgene, Genentech/Roche, Genzyme/Sanofi, Novartis, Serono; grant/research support: Actelion, Genentech/Roche, NINDS, Novartis, Opexa.
Dr Ben-Zacharia: advisory: Celgene, EMD, Genzyme, Serono; research support: Biogen, Novartis.
The Planning Committee for this activity included Ruth Cohen and Warren Beckman of Continuing Education Alliance; and Mark Christiansen, PhD, PA-C, of the University of the Pacific. The members of the Planning Committee have no significant relationships to disclose.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Listen to the presentation and study the program slides
- 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 1.00 hours.
Release date: May 9, 2017
Expiration date: May 9, 2018
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