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CME: Beginning the Menopause Conversation: Treating Its Impactful Symptoms

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Beginning the Menopause Conversation: Treating Its Impactful Symptoms

This patient-clinician dialogue offers strategies to aid in discussing menopause symptoms and treatment options with your patients.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 Minutes

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  • Overview

    An estimated 40% of women will spend up to one-third of their lives in menopause, experiencing symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, problems sleeping, sexual dysfunction, and joint pain. Despite the significant toll these symptoms can have, such as impact on quality of life and relationships, women are generally reluctant to talk with their health care provider about these issues.

    This discussion will demonstrate some strategies that can be used to help patients feel comfortable bringing up their struggles with menopause.

  • 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. 

    Faculty: 

    Andrea J. Singer, MD, FACPCCD
    Director, Women's Primary Care
    Director, Bone Densitometry
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    Washington, DC

    Dr. Singer serves as a consulting and advisor for Amgen, Eli Lilly, HologicMedtronic, Merck, Radius, and UCB and is a speaker for Amgen, Eli Lilly, and Radius.

    Reviewers/Planners/Authors: 

    • Carole Drexel, PhD has nothing to disclose.
    • Tracy Hickey has nothing to disclose.
    • Amanda Hilferty has nothing to disclose.
    • Nick Lombardi has nothing to disclose.
    • Ashley Rosenthal has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

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

    • Utilize communication tools and strategies to facilitate a shared decision-making approach to the identification and management of menopausal symptoms that affect women’s quality of life.
    • Discuss current evidence, best practice recommendations and risk assessment approach for the safe use of approved systemic hormone therapy for optimal treatment of menopausal symptoms and improve patient’s QoL.
    • Individualize hormonal or nonhormonal therapeutic management of symptomatic menopausal women based on patient presentation and risk-balance assessment.
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of the obstetrician and gynecologist, family physician, internal medicine physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and certified nurse midwife.

  • 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(s)/Educational Partner(s)

    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 Pfizer.

  • 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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