Helping Your Patients With Timely Diagnosis, Management, and Specialist Referrals for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Helping Your Patients With Timely Diagnosis, Management, and Specialist Referrals for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Online Course | Specialties: Allergy and Immunology, Dermatology
Released: 12/14/2021
Expires: 12/13/2022
Max Credits: 0.75

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Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD
Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics
Vice Chair, Department of Dermatology
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology
Rady Children's Hospital
San Diego, CA

John J. Russell, MD, FAAFP
Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health
Abington, PA

Activity Planners
Sara Samuel, MSc, MPhil, MS
Clinical Content Manager
Baltimore, MD

Samantha Gordon, MS
Accreditation Manager
Baltimore, MD

Amy Sison
Director of CME
Baltimore, MD

Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN, CPHRM, CHCP
Associate Director, Education Quality and Compliance
East Lansing, MI

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the burden of moderate-to-severe AD on patients and their families
  • Incorporate strategies to assess disease severity and treatment effectiveness into the routine care of patients with AD
  • Describe the rationale for and appropriate timing of specialty referral for patients with moderate-to-severe AD in need of step-up systemic treatment

Target Audience
This activity is intended for healthcare providers in primary care and pediatric practices, including primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses.

Statement of Need
As many as one-third of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) have moderate-to-severe disease, which is associated with markedly reduced quality of life and overall well-being. Patients with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe AD have a major unmet treatment need, experiencing frequent cycles of flares and periods of remission. Despite the use of aggressive topical therapy, some patients with moderate-to-severe disease require a step-up approach, whereby they switch to systemic treatments or phototherapy. However, many patients receive no systemic treatment, and inadequate disease control with phototherapy or immunosuppressive therapy is common. Thus, there is a need for more effective therapies for patients with moderate-to-severe AD that can offer improved disease control and support individual patient needs.

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Instructions to Receive Credit
To receive credit, read the introductory CE material, watch the webcast, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.

Initial Release Date: December 14, 2021
Expiration Date: December 13, 2022
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 45 minutes

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Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation. 
Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD
Consulting fees/advisory boards: AbbVie Inc., Almirall, Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc., Biotherapeutics Inc., Dermavant Sciences, Dermira, Eli Lilly and Company, Forte Pharma, Galderma Laboratories, L.P., Incyte Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Ortho Dermatologics, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme
Contracted research: AbbVie Inc., Dermira, Eli Lilly and Company, Galderma Laboratories, L.P., Incyte Corporation, Pfizer, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

John J. Russell, MD, FAAFP
Consulting fees/advisory boards: Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc.
Fees received for promotional/non-CE activities: Sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc.

The peer reviewers and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
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Acknowledgment of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie Inc. and from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.



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