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The Importance of Improving Early Diagnosis in Alzheimer Disease

The Importance of Improving Early Diagnosis in Alzheimer Disease

Format

Monograph

Time to Complete

1.25 hours

Released

March 30, 2017

Expires

March 30, 2018
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Maximum Credits

1.25 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
1.20 / ANCC Contact Hours

Accredited Provider

This activity is jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and MedEdicus LLC.

Commercial Supporter

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Program Description

Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that manifests clinically with progressive impairment of cognitive and functional abilities, with or without behavioral symptoms affecting patients and caregivers. Early identification of AD dementia in primary care settings with an improved understanding of diagnostic tools as well as available and evolving treatments is important for patients and caregivers. This CE/CME activity provides an overview of the diagnosis and management of AD dementia in the primary care setting. The purpose of this activity is to update primary care clinicians on tools for appropriate diagnosis and management strategies to apply in practice. This educational activity also provides a review of an evolving therapy.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians working in primary care, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Identify strategies to improve timely diagnosis of Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia
  • Employ models for collaborative care of patients with AD dementia
  • Practice disease management strategies for patients affected by AD dementia

Media

Internet

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Faculty

Zaldy Tan, MD, MPH (Co-Chair)
Medical Director, UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program
Philo Van Wagoner Associate Professor
Assistant Dean Curricular Affairs
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Tan has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.

Sarah A. Kremen, MD (Co-Chair)
Clinical Physician of Neurology
David Geffen School of Medicine
Co-Director, Katherine and Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Development Program
Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research
University of California, Los Angeles
Administration, California Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Kremen has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.

Planners' and Managers' Disclosures

The planners and managers reported the following 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:

The following PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN, and Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CHCP, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

The following MedEdicus planners and managers, Faith Reidenbach, CMPP, CHCP, Diane McArdle, PhD, and Cynthia Tornallyay, RD, MBA, CHCP, have no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.

Credit

1.25

Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

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 Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and MedEdicus. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit

1.20

Type

CE for Nurses

Accreditation Statement

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

This educational activity for 1.20 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity might contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Method of Participation and Request for Credit

There are no fees for participating in and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the period March 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity. If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the post-test and evaluation. Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 70% or better and the activity evaluation, a certificate will be made available immediately. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

If you have any questions relating to the certification of this activity, please contact Postgraduate Institute for Medicine via www.pimed.com.

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