Hepatic Encephalopathy: Achieving Care Goals in the Acute Setting and Beyond

 

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a commonly occurring complication of liver disease with the potential to cause severe impairments in brain function and substantially diminished overall quality of life. In the absence of appropriate treatment, it is associated with poor survival and a high risk of recurrence and hospitalization. Although treatment of patients presenting with acute overt HE appears to be generally aligned with expert recommendations, there remains a significant need for earlier disease intervention, as well as greater diligence in the provision of secondary prophylaxis following an overt HE episode. This program has been designed to provide hospital-based clinicians with knowledge and competence to assess and diagnosis HE early, review available treatment and trial data for available therapies, and develop care plans that incorporate transitional care strategies to impact outcomes outside the hospital setting.

Faculty

Jasmohan Bajaj, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
Divisions of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology,
Hepatology, and Nutrition
Virginia Commonwealth University
McGuire VA Medical Center
Richmond, Virginia

 

Release date: April 13, 2021
Expiration date: April 13, 2022
Estimated time to complete activity: 1.0 hour

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

This educational initiative has been designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals who practice in hospital and internal medicine settings.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

  • Describe an approach to the early diagnosis of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) that is consistent with current guideline recommendations
  • Summarize clinical trial data on the efficacy and safety of options for acute treatment and prophylaxis of HE
  • Implement a transitional care plan to prevent future hospitalizations of patients with HE
DIRECTIONS TO LEARNER

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this online activity.

During the period of April 13, 2021 through April 13, 2022, 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 100%.

MEDIA

Internet

ACCREDITATION

Physician Continuing Education

Accreditation Statement
Integrity Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Integrity Continuing Education designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For information about ACCME accreditation of this activity, please contact Integrity Continuing Education at (855) 835-4004 or hms@integrityce.com.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Processor: Intel Pentium 4, 2.33 + GHz (or equivalent)
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 10, and Mac OS
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DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST (COI)

Integrity Continuing Education 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 COI they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education 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 planners and managers (along with their spouses/life partners) reported no financial relationships nor relationships to products or devices with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity: Donna Fausak and Patima Tanapat, PhD.

FACULTY DISCLOSURES

Jasmohan Bajaj, MD, MS
Consulting Fees: Kaleido Biosciences
Contracted Research: Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, Grifols, S.A., Valeant Pharmaceuticals

DISCLOSURE OF UNLABELED USE

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Integrity Continuing Education does 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 any organization associated with this activity. 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 in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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PROVIDER STATEMENT

This CME activity is provided by Integrity Continuing Education.

SUPPORTER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

 

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