Despite the fact that gout can be diagnosed with relative certainty and that effective therapies have been available for a long time, gout is underdiagnosed and undertreated, management is less than optimal, and poor clinical outcomes are not uncommon. This CE activity provides information that will assist primary care providers to improve management and clinical outcomes for their patients with gout. Specifically, the program addresses key factors needed to confidently make a presumptive diagnosis of gout, explores the rationale, timing and duration of pharmacologic treatment of gout and hyperuricemia, discusses the importance of achieving a target SUA level of ≤6.0 mg/dL with urate lowering therapy (ULT), and provides examples of how to educate and communicate with patients to improve adherence to urate-lowering therapy and overall outcomes.
Primary Care Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other interested clinicians who are engaged in the diagnosis and management of gout.
After completing this activity, users will be able to:
- Utilize key clinical factors to confidently make a presumptive diagnosis of gout
- Explain the rationale, timing, and duration of pharmacologic treatment of gout and hyperuricemia
- Recognize that achieving a target serum uric acid (SUA) level ≤6.0 mg/dL is the goal of urate-lowering therapy (ULT) in gout patients and know how to appropriately monitor SUA levels
- Provide patient education and communicate with patients to improve adherence to ULT and overall outcomes
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Beth Israel Medical Center & St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals and Health Education Alliance, Inc. Beth Israel Medical Center & St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals are accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Beth Israel Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAPA Category I CME Credit
This program was planned in accordance with American Academy of Physician Assistants’ (AAPA’s) CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commerical Support of Enduring Material Programs.
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of one hour of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of January 9, 2012. Participants may submit the self-assessment at any time during that period.
CE for Nurses
Nurse Practitioner Alternatives is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is awarded 1.0 contact hour of continuing education credit with 0.5 credit in the area of pharmacology.
Paul P. Doghramji, MD, FAAFP
Collegeville Family Practice
Medical Director of Health Services
Brian F. Mandell, MD, PhD, FACR, MACP
Chairman of Academic Medicine
Rheumatology and Immunologic Diseases
Center for Vasculitis Care and Research
Editor in Chief, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Rick S. Pope, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Department of PA Studies
Harry D. Fischer, MD
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Medical Center
New York, NY
This activity is jointly sponsored by Beth Israel Medical Center & St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, and Health Education Alliance, Inc.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
For full program information, please click on “BEGIN” button and follow the next click-through to reach this program site. Once you get to the “CME Access” site description page, you will review program information, program content, take the test and receive credit.
If you have any questions relating to the accreditation of this activity, please contact the program sponsors.
WINDOWS PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
266-MHz Pentium II; Windows 98 or higher; 64 MB RAM; 800 x 600 screen resolution
set for “High Color (16-Bit)”; Macromedia Flash Player 6 or higher.
MACINTOSH® SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Power Mac g3 at 300 MHz; System 8.5 or higher (excluding Mac OSX); 96 MB RAM; 20
MB minimum hard disk space available; 800 x 600 screen resolution set to “Thousands
of Colors”; Macromedia Flash Player 6 or higher.