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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC and the Rome Foundation. Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by educational grants from Salix Pharmaceuticals and Shire.

The Patient and Provider Connection™: Effective Communication to Optimize the Diagnosis and Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

Release Date: October 31, 2018
Expiration Date: October 31, 2019
Media: Internet - based
 

Activity Overview

Functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) have a sizeable impact on patients’ quality of life and contributive to high absenteeism from work and withdrawal from social activities. A significant obstacle to care is that the conditions go undiagnosed in most patients, so they do not seek treatment until symptoms become severe. Even when seeking treatment, however, barriers to effective communication between the patient and provider may lead to unnecessary testing and increasing frustration when a specific diagnosis is not imminent. A patient-centered approach that focuses on effective communication is associated with improved outcomes, increased patient satisfaction, and decreased utilization of care.

This activity provides comprehensive strategies for earlier diagnosis using effective communication techniques that lead to appropriate treatment and better quality of life for patients with functional GI disorders. As a Patient and Provider Connection™, 2 patient stories will illustrate the patient’s treatment experience and perspective, followed by insightful commentary from expert faculty and a patient. Effective communication tactics will be presented and then exemplified in shared decision making and effective and noneffective video examples provided by DrossmanCare. Through a partnership with the ROME foundation, diagnostic evaluation algorithms will be presented and demonstrated with patient cases using the ROME IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit. This intelligent software program includes a continually updated database that incorporates the Multidimensional Clinical Profile (MDCP) texts and diagnostic algorithms in a decision pathway from patient assessment to treatment.

Accreditation/Designation of Credit Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC and the Rome Foundation. Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by educational grants from Salix Pharmaceuticals and Shire.

Instructions for This Activity and Receiving Credit

  • You will need to login to participate in the activity.
  • Each presentation may contain an interactive question(s). You may move forward through the presentation; however, you may not go back to change answers or review videos/content until you finish the presentation.
  • At the end of the activity, “educational content/video files” will be available for your reference.
  • In order to receive a CME certificate, participants must complete the activity.
  • Complete the posttest and pass with a score of 70% or higher, complete the evaluation and then click on request for credit. Participants may immediately download a CME certificate upon completion of these steps.


Target Audience

This continuing medical education (CME) activity is intended primarily for gastroenterologists, primary care providers, OB/GYNs, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physician’s assistants who treat patients with IBS or CIC.

Educational Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational program, you should be better prepared to:

  1. Identify the key symptoms and diagnostic criteria for IBS and CIC
  2. List the key features of mild, moderate, and severe IBS that incorporate symptom severity and psychosocial features and differentiation from CIC.
  3. Describe the medications used for IBS with diarrhea and IBS with constipation and CIC symptoms according to their actions and recent clinical trial data
  4. Outline several guidelines for establishing a therapeutic relationship that have been helping patients increase participation in their care

Additional Resources

The presentation of these materials does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement from PER or the supporters.

Websites

Resources:
Katie: A Patient’s Perspective
Katie: The Physician’s Perspective of a Young Woman’s Illness

Faculty, Staff, and Planners' Disclosure

Faculty

Douglas A. Drossman, MD
President, Rome Foundation
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry
University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders
University of North Carolina
Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Patient Care and Drossman
Gastroenterology
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Disclosure: Consultant: BioAmerica, Salix, Shire - Speaker’s Bureau: AbbVie

Albena D. Halpert, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Boston University School of Medicine
Gastroenterologist
Pentucket Medical Associates
Haverhill, Massachusetts

Disclosure: Advisor Board: Allergan, Shire -Spouse’s employment: Pharmacist at Walgreens

Johannah Ruddy, MEd
Executive Director
Rome Foundation
Raleigh, North Carolina

Disclosure: No financial relationships to disclose.

Katie
Patient Contributor

Disclosure: No financial relationships to disclose.

The staff of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Policy and Resolution of Conflicts of Interest

As a sponsor accredited by the ACCME, it is the policy of PER® to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its CME activities. In compliance with ACCME guidelines, PER® requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of a CME activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that creates a COI.
 
Additionally, PER® is required by ACCME to resolve all COI. PER® has identified and resolved all COI prior to the start of this activity by using a multistep process.

Off-Label Disclosure and Disclaimer

This CME activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing medical and nursing education purposes only, and is not meant to substitute for the independent clinical judgment of a physician or nurse relative to diagnostic, treatment, or 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 PER®.







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