Provider and Caregiver Connection™: Improving Outcomes in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Through a Patient-Centered, Team-Based Approach

Faculty Presenters

Stephen Brunton, MD
Executive Vice President
Primary Care Education Consortium
Clinical Family Practice
Glendale and Downey, California
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Louis Kuritzky, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Steven Nathan, MD
Medical Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program
Professor of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University-Inova
Falls Church, Virginia
Disclosure: Grant/research support, consultant, member of speakers bureau: Boehringer Ingelheim, Inc. and Roche-Genentech.
Mary M. Salvatore, MD, MBA
Associate Professor of Radiology
Mount Sinai
New York, New York
Disclosure: member of speakers bureau: Genentech, Boehringer Ingelheim Inc. and Rockpointe.
The staff of Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

Activity Overview

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a rare and progressive fibrotic lung disease with a median survival of 2 ½ to 5 years, which is worse than most cancers. With nonspecific signs and symptoms including dyspnea and cough, diagnosis is challenging and often delayed.  While there is no cure, antifibrotic therapies can slow or halt disease progression and, along with supportive measures, improve patient’s quality of life. 
During this Patient Caregiver Connection® Medical Crossfire®, a multidisciplinary panel of expert faculty will share their insights on early, differential diagnosis and discuss clinical practice guideline updates which include conditional recommendations for the antifibrotic therapies pirfenidone and nintedanib. Faculty will then elaborate on the need for a multidisciplinary ‘ABCDE’ approach to address not only the range of co-morbidities associated with IPF but to provide comfort care that assesses and focuses on individual patient needs.  This activity is enhanced with a patient’s own story and perspective, from delays in diagnosis to daily challenges and advice for anyone burdened with a diagnosis of IPF.

Target Audience
This CME activity is intended for IPF specialists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and other clinicians who treat patients with IPF.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this CME activity, you should be better prepared to:
  • List strategies for confirming an IPF diagnosis, including the utility of high-resolution computed tomography and surgical lung biopsy
  • Distinguish idiopathic from non-idiopathic forms by applying appropriate diagnostic testing, such as high-resolution CT scanning, to characterize distribution of fibrosis and inflammation
  • Apply current guidelines and new clinical evidence to develop a patient-centered, team approach plan for patients with IPF
  • Discuss new evidence and the status of emerging treatments for patients with IPF
  • Describe strategies to engage patients and facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to the management of IPF and associated comorbidities

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Off-Label Disclosure/Disclaimer

This activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label uses of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to the diagnostic, treatment, and management options for a specific patient’s medical condition.
The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, or any of the companies that provided commercial support for this activity.

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