Beyond the Guidelines: Optimizing the Management of SSc-ILD




Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is associated with early mortality and is the most frequent cause of death among individuals with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Over the past several years, there has been a dramatic increase in awareness of the risk for SSc-ILD, and the need for early diagnosis and treatment to improve health outcomes. Nevertheless, accomplishment of this goal remains difficult for several reasons, including the significant challenge associated with accurately identifying patients at risk for rapidly progressive disease.


Kristin Highland, MD
Director, Rheumatic Lung Disease Program
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio


Steven D. Nathan, MD
Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program
Director, Advanced Lung Disease Program
Co-director, Inova Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Fairfax, Virginia


Release date: June 25, 2020
Expiration date: June 25, 2021
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.75 hour



This educational initiative has been designed for pulmonologists, rheumatologists, and internal medicine physicians involved in the care of patients with SSc-ILD.


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

  • Implement best practice recommendations for ILD screening and assessment of risk for progressive ILD in patients with SSc
  • Outline a tailored approach to SSc-ILD treatment that is consistent with current clinical trial evidence of new regimens
  • Utilize communication strategies that facilitate accurate symptom reporting, improve disease understanding, and promote treatment adherence among patients with SSc-ILD

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of June 25, 2020 and June 25, 2021, participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.




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Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. 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 they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

Kristin Highland, MD
Consulting Fees: Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., United Therapeutics
Speakers’ Bureaus: Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Gilead Sciences, United Therapeutics
Contracted Research: Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Eiger Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Gossamer Bio, Reata Pharmaceuticals, United Therapeutics

Steven D. Nathan, MD
Consulting Fees: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Galapagos, Roche-Genentech
Speakers’ Bureaus: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Roche-Genentech

The Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. planners and managers have nothing to disclose.


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This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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