- CME/CE Activities
- Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Therapies for Essential Hypertension
This CME/CE activity is provided by PRIME Education, Inc. (PRIME®) and is accredited for a multi-disciplinary audience of health care practitioners. This activity is supported by contract number HHSA290201200021I from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. User data collected through this activity will reside on PRIME's educational portal for use by AHRQ.
Updates on the Comparative Effectiveness of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Therapies for Essential Hypertension: A Feedback-Based Learning Activity
- Program Overview
- Faculty Biographies
- Accreditation Statements
- Post-Test & Evaluation
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Activity DescriptionTo systematically evaluate the comparative benefits and harms of ACE inhibitors and ARBs for patients with essential hypertension, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) commissioned a comparative effectiveness review of published studies on these 2 therapy classes, which was published in 2007 and updated in 2011. In the updated 2011 review, evaluation of direct renin inhibitors was added. This video program explores the updated evidence, and provides individualized feedback-based learning by challenging learners with embedded questions that require keyboard responses. Health care professionals are challenged to think critically about optimal patient-centered therapies for managing hypertension. Hypertension affects approximately 75 million American adults and three-fourths of the population over 75 years of age, and is the primary attributable risk factor for death worldwide. Among the most common therapeutic options are agents that target the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). These agents are grouped into 3 main classes: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), and direct renin inhibitors. Given marked differences in their mechanisms of action, one might expect that the RAAS-targeted therapies would vary in their efficacy and side-effect profiles.
At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Compare the effectiveness of ACE inhibitors, ARBs, and direct renin inhibitors for controlling blood pressure and reducing risks of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity
- Assess key differences in side-effect profiles, tolerability, and persistence outcomes associated with ACE inhibitors, ARBs, and direct renin inhibitors
- Apply findings from the systematic review to guide decisions about appropriate patient-centered therapies for managing hypertension
This CME activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, case managers, and health education specialists.
Method of Participation
To receive a certificate for this activity, you should:
- Complete the learner assessment pretest
- View the entire activity online
- Complete an online evaluation & post-test
- Print your certificate online
The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials, is 1.0 hour.
Term of Approval
September 30, 2011 through September 30, 2013. Original release date: September 30, 2011.
Acknowledgement of Support
There is no fee for this CME/CE activity. This activity is sponsored by PRIME Education, Inc (PRIME®) and funded under contract HHSA290201200021I from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Faculty Biographies and Disclosures
Mori J Krantz, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Cardiology
University of Colorado
Director, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program
Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation
Colorado Prevention Center
Carolyn LePage, PhD, ARNP
Barry University School of Nursing
Miami Shores, FL
Heidi Wynn Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC, CNRN, MSCN
National Clinical Nursing Director
Department of Neurology
Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, East
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Trinity Nursing Program School of Professional Studies
Trinity Washington University
Clinical Preceptor and Instructor
Advanced Practice Programs
The Catholic University of America School of Nursing
Michele B Kaufman, PharmD, BPharm, RPh
PRN Communications, Inc.
New York Presbyterian - Lower Manhattan Hospital
Touro College of Pharmacy
New York, NY
Wanda F Carter, MPH, CHES
Adjunct Professor, Kaplan University Master of Public Health Program
Adjunct Professor, Axia College (U of Phoenix) Health Care Administration Program
Adjunct Professor, LA College International Health Care Administration Program
Adjunct Professor, Ashford University Health Care Administration Program
PHPS Alumnus, CDC Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office
Debbie DeMuria, PharmD, RPh
Consultant, Regulatory Affairs
Joyce M Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP
Coordinator of Graduate Education
Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
The Primary Care Center
Mt Morris, PA
Kathleen A Jarvis, MS, RN, CCM
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sherman Podolsky, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
Albert Einstein Medical Center
This program is no longer accredited.
|Faculty Name ||Advisory Board||Consultant||Grants / Research||Salary / Contractual||Supported Promotional Education||Stock / Shareholder||Other Financial Support|
|Mori J Krantz, MD, FACC
|None||None||GSK Lovaza Study||None||None||None||None|
|Carolyn LePage, PhD, ARNP
|Heidi Wynn Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC, CNRN, MSCN
|Michele B Kaufman, PharmD, BPharm, RPh
|Wanda F Carter, MPH, CHES
|Debbie DeMuria, PharmD, RPh
|None||Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||None||None||None||None||None|
|Joyce M Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP
|Kathleen A Jarvis, MS, RN, CCM
|Sherman Podolsky, MD
|Chris R Prostko, PhD|
Scientific Program Director
|Lynn Goldenberg, RN, BSN|
Director of Accreditation & Compliance
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Post-Test & Evaluation
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Clinician & Consumer Summaries on ACEIs and ARBs for Hypertension
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