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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 Management Strategies for Adults with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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Program Overview

Activity Description

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is notably one of the most common medical conditions affecting Americans. The chronic implications of the disease constitute significant morbidity and economic burden. As new drugs and devices for treating GERD enter the market, questions naturally emerge about their comparative benefits and risks. The primary goals for GERD treatments are to improve patients' symptoms and quality of life, to heal erosive esophagitis, and to prevent complications (eg, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal stricture formation, or esophageal adenocarcinoma). Despite the demonstrated effectiveness of several pharmacological and surgical approaches to managing GERD, uncertainty exists about ideal therapeutic approaches to achieving these patient-centered goals.

In 2005, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a comparative effectiveness review on treatments for GERD. Since then, the field of GERD has witnessed the introduction of novel drugs, the recognition of new drug safety considerations, withdrawals of previously approved drugs, and the development of endoscopic interventions. In response to these advances, AHRQ commissioned and, in 2010, published an updated comparative effectiveness review, which includes studies on the primary treatments for GERD as well as extraesophageal syndromes such as chronic cough, laryngitis, and asthma.

This activity summarizes the key methods and findings of AHRQ's comparative effectiveness review on pharmacological, surgical, and endoscopic interventions for GERD. This summary is intended to provide evidence to guide clinicians, health care payers, and policy makers in reaching decisions about appropriate patient-centered management strategies.

Core Competencies:

  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Compare the benefits of various medical, surgical, and endoscopic treatments for improving objective and subjective outcomes for patients
  • Evaluate adverse events associated with various GERD treatments
  • Apply relevant findings from the review to making shared and informed treatment decisions that enable patients to achieve the highest goals of GERD management

Target Audience

This CME activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses and case managers.

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 0.75 hour.

Term of Approval

October 31, 2011 through September 30, 2013. Original release date: October 31, 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

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Contributing Author

Joel Richter, MD, FACP, MACG
Division Chief of Gastroenterology and Nutrition
University of South Florida in Tampa
Tampa, Fl

Contributing Author

Laurence Greene, PhD
Director of Scientific Education and Outcomes
PRIME Education, Inc.
Tamarac, FL

Contributing Author

Lisa Balfe, MPH
Medical Writer
PRIME Education, Inc (PRIME)

Peer Reviewer

Sherman Podolsky, MD
Medical Director
Superior HealthPlan
Former Chairman
Department of Emergency Medicine
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA

Planner

Carolyn LePage, PhD, ARNP
Assistant Professor
Barry University School of Nursing
Miami Shores, FL

Planner

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
Adjunct Faculty
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
Washington, DC

Planner

Michele B Kaufman, PharmD, CGP, RPh
President, PRN Communications Inc.
Editor, Pharmacovigilance Forum, P&T Journal
NYCSHP Secretary
Adjunct Faculty
Touro College of Pharmacy
New York, NY

Peer Reviewer

Donna M Chiefari, BSc (Pharm), PharmD, RPh, FASHP
Adjunct Faculty & Preceptor
Albany College of Pharmacy
Albany, NY

Peer Reviewer

Joyce M Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP
Online Program Director
Associate Professor Georgetown University
Family Nurse Practitioner at Wheeling Health Right
Wheeling, WV

Peer Reviewer

Kathleen A Jarvis, MS, RN, CCM
Clinical Educator
Alere Healthcare
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Accreditation/Credit Designation

This program is no longer accredited.

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Faculty Disclosures

Faculty Name
Advisory Board Consultant Grants / Research Salary / Contractual Supported Promotional Education Stock / Shareholder Other Financial Support
Joel Richter, MD, FACP, MACG
Contributor
None None None None None None None
Laurence Greene, PhD
Contributor
None None None None None None None
Lisa Balfe, MPH
Contributor
None None None None None None None
Sherman Podolsky, MD
Reviewer
None None None None None None None
Carolyn LePage, PhD, ARNP
Planner
None None None Barry University None None None
Heidi Wynn Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC, CNRN, MSCN
Planner
sanofi-aventis None None None None None None
Michele B Kaufman, PharmD, CGP, RPh
Planner
None Ortho-McNeil Janssen None None None None None
Donna M Chiefari, BSc (Pharm), PharmD, RPh, FASHP
Reviewer
None None None None None None None
Joyce M Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP
Reviewer
None None None None None None None
Kathleen A Jarvis, MS, RN, CCM
Reviewer
None PRIME None None None None None
Chris R Prostko, PhD
Scientific Program Director
NoneNoneNonePRIME®NoneNoneNone
Lynn Goldenberg, RN, BSN
Director of Accreditation & Compliance
NoneNoneNonePRIME®NoneNoneNone

Disclosure Policy

PRIME Education Inc (PRIME®) endorses the standards of the ACCME, as well as those of the AANP, ANCC and ACPE, that require everyone in a position to control the content of a CME/CE activity to disclose all financial relationships with commercial interests that are related to the content of the CME/CE activity. CME/CE activities must be balanced, independent of commercial bias and promote improvements or quality in healthcare. All recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence accepted within the medical profession.

A conflict of interest is created when individuals in a position to control the content of CME/CE have a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest which therefore may bias his/her opinion and teaching. This may include receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, stocks or other financial benefits.

PRIME® willidentify, review and resolve all conflicts of interest that speakers, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, or relevant staff disclose prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation. Disclosure information for speakers, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff are provided with this activity.

Presentations that provide information in whole or in part related to non FDA approved uses of drugs and/or devices will disclose the unlabeled indications or the investigational nature of their proposed uses to the audience. Participants should refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications and warnings. Participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies prescribed in this educational activity. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the presenting faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of PRIME®, the ACCME, AANP, ACPE, ANCC and other relevant accreditation bodies.

Content validation methods are consistently utilized by PRIME® to ensure that all program content is evidence-based, fair-balanced, and developed with scientific rigor and integrity. All clinical recommendations are based on evidence accepted within the medical profession. All scientific research referred to, reported or used to support a clinical recommendation conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. In addition to review of content by course directors and expert faculty, content is also validated through independent peer reviewers selected for their expertise in the content area, as well as their experience in the intended audience. All peer reviewers, planners, course directors, faculty and relevant staff utilized by PRIME® complete disclosures which are related to their role in the educational activity.

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Clinician & Consumer Summaries on GERD

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