Patricia K. Coyle, MD
Professor and Acting Chair
Department of Neurology
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Clinical Case Challenge (Online)
An estimated 350,000 to 500,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, neurologic disorder with potential for substantial negative impact on quality of life. A wide variety of neurological symptoms can occur with MS, including tingling and numbness, loss of balance, weakness in one or more limbs, and vision problems. Treatment is focused on returning function after an attack, preventing new attacks, and preventing disability.
The heterogeneity of the pathogenesis of MS and wide variation in the clinical course for each patient make management of MS challenging for clinicians. Neurologists have an opportunity to improve the treatment of MS by expanding their ability to individualize treatment decisions for each patient at each stage of MS. Utilizing a case-driven approach, the goal of this continuing education activity is to provide physicians and other health care providers the opportunity to test and expand their skills and knowledge on MS treatment.
o Front Matter, Pre-Test: 5 minutes
o Clinical Case Challenge: 20 minutes
o Post-Test, Evaluation: 5 minutes Program Developer/Facilitator
. Target Audience
The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of neurologists, neurological nurses, and other health care providers involved or interested in the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis.
In order to obtain credit, participants must complete the activity in full as well as the Post-test and Evaluation. Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Select optimal symptomatic treatments for patients with progressive MS.
Outline the controversy and debates that surround symptomatic management in MS.
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The faculty 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:
Patricia K. Coyle, MD: Consultant/Independent Contractor: Acorda, Biogen Idec, EMD Serono, Novartis, Teva Neurosciences; Honoraria: Bayer, Pfizer.
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:
Jackie Dawson, MSN: Nothing to disclose
Amanda Glazar, PhD: Nothing to disclose
Sara Thier, MPH: Nothing to disclose
Elizabeth Paczolt, MD: Nothing to disclose
David Heckard: Nothing to disclose
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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
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