Strategies to Provide Individualized Treatment in Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Release Date: December 7, 2018
Expiration Date: December 7, 2019



Amy S. Paller, MS, MD
Chair, Department of Dermatology
Director, Northwestern University Skin Disease Research Center
Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology
Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

Jonathan M. Spergel, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Allergy Section
Stuart E. Starr Endowed Chair of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disease
Director, FARE Center of Excellence
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Program Overview

Patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) are sub-optimally managed in current clinical practice and hence report a poor quality of life and high burden from their disease and comorbidities. There remains an unmet need for effective therapies that not only relieve distressing symptoms of AD, but also improve long-term outcomes for patients. An improved understanding of the pathogenesis of AD has led to the development of biologic agents, including dupilumab, which are known to target the underlying pathophysiology of AD. Despite this progress, AD continues to impose a huge healthcare burden due to knowledge and competence deficits among healthcare professionals.

There is a need to improve the diagnosis, assessment of severity, treatment, and management of AD to enable improved outcomes and quality of life among patients. This program will include topics that will improve healthcare professionals’ ability to accurately diagnose and recognize AD among patients presenting with eczema by informing participants about updated diagnostic criteria and assessment scores to differentially diagnose AD and its severity. Discussions on updated guidelines, recommendations, and recent clinical evidence to inform treatment decisions to alleviate the symptom burden of AD will be included and evaluated. Clinicians will also learn strategies to improve communication and adherence to treatment, and address to comorbidities of AD.

Target Audience

This educational initiative has been designed for dermatologists, allergists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants involved in the management of AD.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Utilize updated criteria and guidelines to accurately diagnose AD and assess severity
  • Describe the limitations of currently available therapies in addressing underlying AD pathophysiology
  • Evaluate recent clinical evidence on the utility of approved and emerging biologic agents to address the underlying pathophysiology of AD
  • Discuss strategies that will improve patient satisfaction with treatment and reduce the burden of comorbidities
Directions to Learner

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of December 7, 2018 through December 7, 2019, 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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Credit Designation

Integrity Continuing Education 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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Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

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 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 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:

Amy S. Paller, MS, MD
Consulting Fees: AbbVie, Asana, Dermavant, Dermira, Galderma, Eli Lilly, Forte, Leo, Matrisys, Menlo, Morphosys/Galapagos, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer, Promius, Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Contracted Research: AbbVie, Anaptysbio, Eli Lilly, Galderma, Incyte, Leo, Janssen, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Jonathan M. Spergel, MD, PhD
Royalty: Up-To-Date

Consulting Fees: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Shire

Contracted Research: AbbVie, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Michelle R. Rizzo, ELS, hereby states that she or her 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.

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Supporter Acknowledgement

Supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

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