CME: Addressing Endometriosis with Your Patients: Combining Individualized Treatment Options with Patient-Clinician Dialogue

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Addressing Endometriosis with Your Patients: Combining Individualized Treatment Options with Patient-Clinician Dialogue

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Addressing Endometriosis with Your Patients: Combining Individualized Treatment Options with Patient-Clinician Dialogue
Could improving conversations with your patients by using these tactics be the key to lowering the third-leading cause of gynecologic hospitalization?

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 minutes


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  • Overview

    Endometriosis, defined as the presence of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus, is the third leading cause of gynecologic hospitalization in the US. Cyclical bleeding from these ectopic endometrial implants leads to the development of inflammation, scarring, and adhesions that produce debilitating pain and symptoms. Some women with endometriosis are asymptomatic, whereas others report symptoms and decreased fertility. Based on community prevalence estimates of symptoms, endometriosis most likely affects 10% of all and 30–50% of symptomatic premenopausal women. Despite the presence of the many symptoms of endometriosis, its diagnosis, which is primarily clinical, is often overlooked in primary care and may be delayed for several years. A definitive diagnosis for endometriosis is solely made through surgery, as no consistent biomarkers for disease diagnosis exist.

    This activity will discuss the many symptoms of endometriosis, working together with the patient to make the diagnosis and determine the best plan of treatment. 

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.

    Stephen M. Cohen, MD, FACOG
    SUNY Upstate Medical School
    Syracuse, NY 

    Dr. Cohen receives consulting fees from AbbVie.

    Reviewers/Content Planners/Authors:

    • Carole Drexel, PhD, CHCP has nothing to disclose.
    • Stephen Chavez has nothing to disclose.
    • Amanda Hilferty has nothing to disclose.
    • Nick Lombardi has ownership interest with Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
    • Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP has nothing to disclose.
    • Ashley Rosenthal has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Describe the multiple symptoms of endometriosis and its varied presentation among patients including pelvic pain mapping.
    • Collaborate with patients to make a more timely clinical diagnosis of endometriosis and refer patients to specialists if needed.
    • Include patients’ symptoms, preferences, and values to identify and select the best available treatment options for management of endometriosis symptoms and disease.
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of the practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Family Physician, Clinical Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Provider

    Omnia Education has a core focus on women's health and the ways in which diseases and conditions impact the female patient. That unique focus has transformed the CME learning environment for healthcare professionals nationwide. We impact thousands of clinicians annually, many of whom return each year for clinical updates and connectivity with regional peers.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from AbbVie.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of TOPEC and Omnia Education. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of Omnia Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

    Reproduction Prohibited

    Reproduction of this material is not permitted without written permission from the copyright owner.

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