Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare, progressive disorder that often mimics more common disorders such as asthma and COPD, leading to delays in diagnosis and care. This case-based activity reviews how to keep a high index of suspicion for PAH, when to refer for confirmation of the diagnosis and development of a management plan, current concepts in treatment, and the monitoring and counseling that NPs and PAs should employ when following patients with PAH in primary care.
Case study with interactive benchmarking
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Differentiate symptoms and signs of PAH from disorders with similar presentations to help improve early referral and recognition of the disease
- Identify treatments for patients with PAH based on clinical evidence and guidelines
NPs and PAs
ANCC Credit Designation
The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is provided for 0.75 contact hours under ANCC criteria.
This activity is provided for 0.5 contact hours related to pharmacotherapeutic content.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education has been awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program. This distinction is valid through 2020.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) through the joint providership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE) (provider) and Practicing Clinicians Exchange.
AAPA Credit Designation
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 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until December 19, 2020. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
PA planner: Daniel Thibodeau, MHP, PA-C, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Joint Accreditation 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.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
The opinions or views expressed in this continuing education activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Continuing Education Alliance, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, or Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
Accredited status as a provider of continuing nursing education refers only to the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education continuing education activities, and does not imply UNMC or American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation endorsement of any commercial supporters.
Please note that while the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is an ANCC accredited organization, this does not imply endorsement by the UNMC or ANCC of any commercial products affiliated with this activity.
All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education are expected to disclose to the audience any significant support or substantial relationship(s) 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.
Please note that this activity may refer to use of products for a purpose other than which they were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Dr Tapson: advisory board/consultant: Actelion, United Therapeutics; grant/research support: Reata, United Therapeutics.
The Planning Committee for this activity included Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN, Director & Lead Nurse Planner, CNE and Renee Paulin, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Nurse Planner, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education; Daniel Thibodeau, MHP, PA-C, of Eastern Virginia Medical School; and Ruth Cohen and Craig Borders of Practicing Clinicians Exchange. The members of the Planning Committee have no relevant relationships to disclose.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 45 minutes.
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
- Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 67%.
- Upon successful completion of the post-test and evaluation, your certificate of completion will be available to print or save.
Release date: December 19, 2019
Expiration date: December 19, 2020
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