Patricia K. Coyle, MD Professor and Vice Chair Clinical Affairs Department of Neurology Director, MS Comprehensive Care Center Stony Brook University SUNY Stony Brook, NY
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
An estimated 350,000 to 500,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, neurologic disorder with potential for substantial negative impact on quality of life. Pregnancy is a major topic in patient counseling and therapeutic selection. Without a thorough understanding of data about MS and pregnancy, clinicians cannot appropriately educate their patients and they may not choose the most appropriate therapy.
The heterogeneity in MS pathophysiology, symptoms, and disease course can create challenges in patient management, and pregnancy provides an additional facet to treatment decisions. Neurologists have an opportunity to improve the treatment of MS by expanding their ability to individualize treatment decisions for each patient at each stage of MS. Program Developer/Facilitator
. Target Audience
The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of neurologists, neurological nurses, and other health care clinicians involved or interested in the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis.
In order to obtain credit, participants must complete the activity in full as well as the post-test and evaluation. Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Describe the effect of pregnancy on susceptibility to multiple sclerosis.
Discuss the most up-to-date data from pregnancy registries as they apply to multiple sclerosis.
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The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Patricia K. Coyle, MD, discloses that she is a consultant to Accordant, Acorda, Bayer, Biogen Idec, EMD Serono, Genentech/Roche, Genzyme/Sanofi, Mylan, Novartis and Teva; and has received grant support from Actelion, Genzyme/Sanofi, Novartis, and Opexa.
The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN: Nothing to disclose
Amanda Glazar, PhD: Nothing to disclose
Andrea Funk: Nothing to disclose
Gena Dolson, MS: Nothing to disclose
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