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Program Detail

Release Date: June-15-12
Credit Expiration Date: June-14-13


Anthony Lembo, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Credit Hours

0.5 Contact Hour (0.05 CEU)
0.5 Credit Hour


Clinical Case Challenge (Online)

Program Description

Chronic constipation, particularly in older adults, can dramatically impact quality of life and lead to serious medical problems. The estimated prevalence of chronic constipation in the United States is between 2% and 27%, but this rate increases to 40% among people over 65 years of age. Older adults are at particular risk due to additional chronic disease burdens, polypharmacy, immobility, and/or functional limitations.

Effective management of chronic constipation requires a combination of provider and patient education, lifestyle and/or pharmacologic modifications, and the judicious use of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies. This clinical case challenge will address treatment strategies for older patients with chronic constipation who fail initial treatment and review the safety and efficacy of long-term medication management for patients with chronic constipation.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

Primary and long-term care physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other health care professionals involved in the care of older adults.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this knowledge-based educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Outline effective treatment strategies for older patients with chronic constipation who fail initial treatment.
  2. Describe the safety and efficacy of long-term medication management for patients with chronic constipation.


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Dr. Lembo serves as a consultant for Ironwood/Forest, Salix, Prometheus, Ardelyx, and Alkermes.

Credit Statements

Pharmacy Continuing Education:
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This knowledge-based activity, ACPE Universal Activity #0203-9999-12-027-H01-P, has been assigned 0.5 Contact Hour (0.05 CEU).

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 sponsorship of AKH Inc. and Medical Communications Media, Inc. AKH Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AKH Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There is no fee to participate and receive credit.

Commercial Support Statements

Supported by an education grant from Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.


Minimum System Requirements: Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7. Or, Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers

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