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Cases, Challenges, and Care of Pseudobulbar Affect in Neurological Diseases

Cases, Challenges, and Care of Pseudobulbar Affect in Neurological Diseases

Format

Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1 hour

Released

September 13, 2016

Expires

February 8, 2017
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Maximum Credits

1.00 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Accredited Provider

This educational activity is provided by Albert Einstein College of Medicine, PlatformQ Health Education, LLC., and OMEDLIVE.

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Avanir

Program Description

Pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which affects an estimated 2 to 7 million people in the U.S., is a debilitating disorder secondary to traumatic brain injury, stroke, or neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Characterized by outbursts of uncontrollable laughter or crying not associated with mood, PBA can result in social isolation, limit work productivity, and severely impact quality of life. Symptoms are often misdiagnosed and treated as psychiatric disorders. Using case studies and interactive polling questions to illustrate challenges in identifying and managing PBA in patients with neurologic injury, this program aims to educate clinicians on recognizing symptoms of PBA and providing treatments that benefit patients, with the primary goal of reducing the severity and frequency of episodes.

Intended Audience

US-based neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, primary care clinicians (internal, general and family medicine), and healthcare providers involved in the care of patients with neurological diseases who may be suffering from PBA

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Summarize the impact of PBA in patients with neurologic disease
  • Evaluate and diagnose PBA in patients with neurologic disease
  • Implement a management plan for patients with PBA with provisions for follow up and ongoing assessment of symptoms

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy

The "Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy" of Albert Einstein College of Medicine requires that faculty participating in any CME activity and anyone in a position to influence content disclose to the audience any relationship(s) with a pharmaceutical or equipment company. Any presenter whose disclosed relationships prove to create a conflict of interest, with regard to their contribution to the activity, will not be permitted to present.

The faculty reported any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity under the Faculty heading below.

Faculty

Erik Pioro, MD, PhD
Director, ALS and Related Disorders
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Pioro discloses the following:
Consulting Fee: Avanir

William M. Suavé, MD
Medical Director
Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers
Charlottesville, VA

Dr. Suavé discloses the following:
Speaker’s Bureau: Avanir, Otsuka

Accredited Provider Disclosures

The Center for Continuing Medical Education (CCME) staff at Albert Einstein College of Medicine has no disclosures to report relevant to this activity.

Peer Reviewer
David Kaufman, MD
, has no disclosures to report relevant to this activity.

PlatformQ Health Education, LLC
Anne Roc, Senior Medical Director
, has nothing to disclose relevant to this activity.
Randi O’Hara, Senior Program Manager, has nothing to disclose relevant to this activity.

Credit

1.00

Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

The 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 Albert Einstein College of Medicine and PlatformQ Health Education, LLC. Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Credits
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.00 hour of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The material is prepared based on a review of multiple sources of information but is not exhaustive of the subject matter. Therefore, healthcare professionals and other individuals should review and consider other publications and materials about the subject matter other than relying solely on the information contained in this material.

The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NeuroSeriesLive, PlatformQ Health Education, LLC or the program grantor. Reasonable efforts have been made to present educational subject matter in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. Each participant must use his/her personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.

Instructions

Participants will need a computer with a recent version of Adobe Flash installed, as well as an internet connection sufficient for streaming media.

Certificates
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Hardware and Software Requirements
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  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
  • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required
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