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Making the Diagnosis of IBS

Making the Diagnosis of IBS

Format

Audio

Time to Complete

15 minutes

Released

April 4, 2019

Expires

April 4, 2020
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Maximum Credits

0.25 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
0.25 / CE for Pharmacists (0.025 CEUs)

Accredited Provider

Jointly provided by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare in collaboration with Haymarket Medical Education

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Allergan Inc.

Program Description

Although irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common, the diagnosis can be tricky. Symptoms fluctuate over time and they don’t always respond to appropriate therapy. Furthermore, other disorders can mimic IBS, and there is no precise biomarker. In this case-based commentary, a noted expert in the diagnosis and management of IBS outlines a stepwise approach to making a positive diagnosis to ensure that patients get effective—and timely—relief from their troubling symptoms.

Intended Audience

Clinicians who treat individuals with irritable bowel syndrome/chronic idiopathic constipation (IBS/CIC), including gastroenterologists, internal medicine and family physicians, gynecologists, pharmacists, and nurse practioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) who work in gastroenterology, gynecology, or primary care settings

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe data supporting the concept of IBS/CIC as a continuum of gastrointestinal disorders
  • Implement appropriate, validated testing measures to make definitive, timely diagnoses of IBS/CIC
  • Utilize patient-centric communications strategies to clearly educate patients about their condition

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education, all faculty and planning partners must disclose any financial relationship(s) or other relationship(s) held within the past 12 months. Albert Einstein College of Medicine and AKH Inc. implement a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to delivering the educational activity to learners.

Faculty

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD, FACG
Senior Associate Consultant
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Lacy has received consulting fees from Salix, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and Shire.

Pharmacy Content Reviewers and Disclosure
Thomas A. Ullman, MD

Professor, Gastroenterology and
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY

Dr. Ullman receives consulting fees from Pfizer Inc.

Victor B. Hatcher, PhD
Associate Dean and Director of CME
Professor, Medicine and Biochemistry
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY

Dr. Hatcher has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Dorothy Duffy, RPh, BS Pharmacy
Pharmacist
Van Houton Pharmacy
Clifton, NJ

Ms. Duffy has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, AKH Inc., and HME staff involved in the planning and content review of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Credit

0.25

Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM  .  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit

0.25

Type

CE for Pharmacists

Accreditation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Designation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare approves this knowledge-based activity for 0.25 contact hour (0.025 CEU). UAN 0077-9999-19-005-H04-P. Initial release date: 4/30/2019.

If you claim CE for Pharmacy credit, you will be prompted to include your National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) number and date/month of birth. This information must be included in order for you to receive credit.

Additional Credit Information

Physician Assistant Continuing Education
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM   from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 0.25 Category 1 Credit for completing this activity.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education
AANPCP accepts certificates of participation for educational activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM   from organizations accredited by ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This CME/CE 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 education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition.

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, AKH Inc., HME, Allergan Inc., or Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

If you have any questions relating to the accreditation of this activity, please contact Albert Einstein College of Medicine or AKH Inc.

Instructions

To obtain credit, a score of 65% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

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