Note: In order to earn the full 2.50 credits, you must complete both of the following activities: RME Hot Seat: 1.00 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM Virtual Practice: 1.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
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Support for these activities has been provided through an educational grant from AstraZeneca.
The FDA’s approval of several new tailored biologic therapies offers promise to a subset of patients with severe asthma, though identifying the asthma phenotypes (ie, eosinophilic and noneosinophilic) for which these new agents are most appropriate remains a key factor of their successful use.
This CME curriculum provides two dynamic e-learning activities that discuss the effective use of the newest biologic drugs and address key aspects of successfully assessing and treating patients with severe asthma.
Visit the Staff Conference room to participate in RME Hot Seat, an interactive Q&A where our expert faculty reviews the most recent evidence and provides answers to challenging clinical questions on the risks of asthma exacerbations, how to incorporate the newest asthma drugs for severe asthma, and current best practices for managing patients with severe asthma. Faculty slides are also included as printable/downloadable resources.
Visit the Exam Rooms or the Main Conference Room to participate in the three-module Virtual Practice. Every room (module) you visit confronts you with challenging clinical scenarios involving patients with severe asthma, similar to those you are likely to encounter in your own practice.
Clinical Callout (Main Conference Room): Here you’ll find four patient vignettes that end at a critical clinical decision point. Your challenge: assess the symptoms, risk factors, and medical histories and choose the most appropriate next step from several possible clinical strategies. But be careful: only one option reflects current best practice!
Exam Room 1: Margaret Thomas, 40, has had asthma for 10 years, but her symptoms have worsened recently and she has experienced two serious exacerbations. Was it a change in her medications? Is it related to her allergies?
Exam Room 2: Al Carter, 55, was first diagnosed with asthma 15 years ago. In the last 3 months, his asthma has been uncontrolled despite the use of oral corticosteroids, and he was hospitalized. Are adjustments needed to Al’s regimen? If so, what are they?
Resource Library: Offers downloadable content discussed in the Virtual Practice.
These activities have been designed to meet the educational needs of allergists, immunologists, pulmonologists, and primary care providers—including nurse practitioners and physician assistants—who are involved in the treatment of patients with severe asthma.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
List the clinical characteristics of the various phenotypes of severe asthma
Discuss the most recent Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines for severe asthma treatment (Steps 4/5)
Outline a personalized treatment plan, using targeted biologic therapies, to achieve and maintain control for patients with severe asthma based on underlying phenotype
Demonstrate how incorporating patient education and communication strategies can improve medication adherence and asthma control
Bradley E. Chipps, MD (Program Chair) Medical Director Capital Allergy & Respiratory Disease Center Sacramento, CA
Stephen P. Peters, MD, PhD Thomas H. Davis Chair in Pulmonary Medicine Chief, Section on Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy & Immunologic Diseases Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Translational Science Wake Forest School of Medicine Executive Director, Respiratory Service Line, Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem, NC
Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc Co-Director Cohen Family Asthma Institute Professor of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine National Jewish Health Denver, CO
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