CME Outfitters (CMEO), an accredited provider in continuing medical education, will be launching a live and on demand Expert Connection Module series “The Journey to Diagnosis and Optimal Treatment of Narcolepsy: Land of Missed Opportunities” on Sept 27.
The series, supported by an educational grant from Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, is divided into three separate modules—each having two launch dates—all of which will be followed by a 30-minute interactive question-and-answer session with the presenting faculty.
Patients with narcolepsy often face a long journey on their path to diagnosis and effective treatment. Combating the negative impact of narcolepsy on the lives of those affected requires that both the general public and the medical community increase their awareness of the symptoms of narcolepsy, in particular, the most common presenting symptoms: cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness. Improved recognition of both symptoms and objective measures of narcolepsy can shorten the burdensome lag from symptom onset to effective treatment and improve the lives of people with this life-altering central disorder of hypersomnolence. Although a cure for narcolepsy is not available, effective treatments are currently available and more are on the horizon.
The faculty panel for this activity series consists of Thomas Roth, PhD; Richard K. Bogan, MD, FCCP, FAASM; and Todd J. Swick, MD; who will discuss screening strategies for patients with possible narcolepsy, applying American Academy of Sleep Medicine quality measures for diagnosis of narcolepsy, and prescribing evidence-based treatment.
The series will launch on Tuesday, Sept 27 with “Recognizing the Symptoms of Narcolepsy: Screening Your Sleepy Patients for Cataplexy: Live Q&A with Dr. Swick, Session I” at 3 – 4 PM ET. The second session of “Recognizing the Symptoms of Narcolepsy: Screening Your Sleepy Patients for Cataplexy: Live Q&A with Dr. Swick, Session II” will launch Wednesday, Sept 28 at 12-1:00 PM ET.
The first session of the next part of the series, “From Symptom Recognition to Narcolepsy Diagnosis: Shortening the Diagnostic Journey: Live Q&A with Dr. Swick,” will launch Thursday, Sept 29 at 3-4:00 PM ET. The second session of “From Symptom Recognition to Narcolepsy Diagnosis: Shortening the Diagnostic Journey: Live Q&A with Dr. Bogan” will launch on Tuesday, Oct 11 at 12-1 PM ET.
On Thursday, Oct 13 at 12-1 PM, the third module “Treating the Full Spectrum of Narcolepsy: Improving Nighttime Symptoms to Enhance Daytime Quality of Life: Live Q&A with Dr. Bogan, Session I” will launch, with the final live webcast, “Treating the Full Spectrum of Narcolepsy: Improving Nighttime Symptoms to Enhance Daytime Quality of Life: Live Q&A with Dr. Bogan, Session II” premiering Wednesday, Oct 19 at 12-1:00 PM ET.
At conclusion of this series, participants should be able to prescribe evidence-based treatment for all patients with narcolepsy within one month of diagnosing a patient with narcolepsy. This activity is open to all primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who manage patients with narcolepsy. Registration is open at www.cmeoutfitters.com for all launch dates.