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Course Presenter

John FitzGerald, MD, MBA, MPH, PhD

Target Audience

The target audience for this learning activity includes all primary care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, specialists (e.g., rheumatologists), nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical assistants, and urgent or acute care providers.

Overall Learning Purpose/Goal

The purpose of the monograph is to provide a continuing education resource to health care providers interested in diagnostic and management strategies for patients with suspected, acute, or chronic gout.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify signs, symptoms, and risk factors for gout.
  2. Summarize the evidence for the accuracy and specificity of various diagnostic tests and strategies, including the accuracy and safety of specific tests.
  3. Summarize the evidence, including relative benefits and harms, on pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies for the management of acute gout attacks.
  4. Discuss the benefits and harms of different pharmacologic therapies for managing hyperuricemia in gout patients.

    For Pharmacists: Provide accurate and appropriate counsel as part of the treatment team.
    For Registered Nurses: Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.

Credit Available

  • Case Managers — maximum of 1.0 clock hours
  • Nurse Practitioners — maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Registered Nurses — maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Pharmacists — maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Faculty & Credentials

John FitzGerald, MD, MBA, MPH, PhD
Interim Chief of Rheumatology and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

John D. FitzGerald is a health services researcher who has focused on policy analysis for Orthopedic procedures. Dr. FitzGerald completed his medical school at Tufts University in 1993. He completed his medical residency training at University of California Los Angeles in 1996. Dr. FitzGerald served as Chief Medical Resident prior to doing a specialty fellowship in Rheumatology. Since 1999, Dr. FitzGerald has been a faculty member in the Division of Rheumatology.

Accreditation

Physician Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Hayes, Inc. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacist Continuing Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.1 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0809-9999-16-183-H01-P) Type of Activity: Knowledge 

Nursing Continuing Education
This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Designated for 0.0 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of Hayes, Inc. and AHRQ. Hayes, Inc. is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 140928

Case Manager Continuing Education
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.

If you have questions about the presentation, please e-mail us at: Educationservices@hayesinc.com.

Disclosures

  • This educational activity has been funded by AHRQ.
  • There has been no outside commercial support for this activity.
  • Presenter(s) and planning committee members have no conflicts of interest, relevant financial relationships, or sponsorships to disclose.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) 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 (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Criteria for successful completion

  • Each participant must complete an evaluation and must successfully pass the posttest with a grade of 75% or higher, to obtain the CE credit.
  • For Pharmacists: Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, transcript information will be available at www.mycpemonitor.net within 4 weeks

Required Hardware/Software

AHRQ requires a modern web browser (Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome). Certain educational activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of their content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, Windows Media Player, and Real Networks Real One Player.