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ANTIVIRAL THERAPY FOR INFLUENZA - A Case-Based Approach for Optimal Management - TEACHING KIT


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A Case-Based Approach for Optimal Management

Teaching Kit Self-Assessment in Learning

Thank you for participating in the Antiviral Therapy for Influenza Teaching Kit self-assessment in learning activity. The purpose of this Teaching Kit is for you as an adult learner to reinforce the valuable information you received as a participant in our satellite symposium by teaching the material to your colleagues.

As provided, only you may receive CME credit for using the Teaching Kit, not the participants in the activities you devise based upon materials from this kit. If you are interested in providing CME/CE credit to participants in such activities, please contact Steve Weinman, RN at the Institute for Medical and Nursing Education, +1 609 936 7015, to make the appropriate arrangements in advance of the proposed activity. Current CME/CE guidelines do not permit retroactive approval of CME/CE activities.

Activity Overview
An increase in pediatric deaths, emergence of influenza strains resistant to current antiviral treatments, and ongoing reports of human cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have heightened awareness that influenza is not always a mild, self-limiting disease. These developments have renewed interest in better diagnostic tests and treatments for influenza infection. Further, there is great interest among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization officials in improving clinical outcomes in patients with severe influenza illness. However, surveys and chart reviews conducted since 2000 reveal that influenza knowledge and management practices of primary care physicians are inconsistent. Specifically, primary care physicians had low awareness of influenza severity and complications, especially in pediatric cases; inaccurate understanding of vaccination contraindications; inappropriately prescribed antiviral medications; and failed to use antiviral medications in appropriate patients. Additionally, wide geographic variations in antiviral prescribing practices have been identified.

To varying degrees, physicians rely on personal experience, clinical evidence, and expert opinion before changing established practices. It is imperative that primary care physicians receive up-to-date, relevant information concerning influenza prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to improve patient care. Infectious disease specialists frequently act as consultants to primary care physicians and are therefore ideally qualified, by virtue of their training and function within the healthcare system, to educate their colleagues on this topic. This Teaching Kit provides several tools you can use to help other physicians address the multifaceted challenges of influenza management in view of recent guideline updates. The practical aspects of influenza epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment are emphasized, but additional slide sets on pandemic planning and new antiviral agents in development have been included to permit a variety of interesting and timely presentations on current topics in influenza.

Intended Audience
Infectious disease physicians, researchers, scientists, and other healthcare providers with an interest in infectious diseases.

Learning Objectives
Using the materials provided in this Teaching Kit, the participant should be able to develop presentations for their physician colleagues that meet 1 or more of the following objectives, thereby reinforcing their own knowledge of the information presented in the symposium:

  • Cite the rationale for this year's CDC recommendations for influenza vaccination
  • Explain the complementary use of influenza surveillance reports and diagnostic test results
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of current antiviral agents
  • Review the status of current research aimed at developing new influenza antiviral agents
  • Summarize the current status of global pandemic planning efforts

Learning Format
This Teaching Kit features non-editable PowerPoint slides, 3 publications from the CDC, and an annotated bibliography that may be used by the participant to develop a variety of lectures with audiovisual enhancements on influenza prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Consistent with research on continuing medical education and knowledge retention, participants are encouraged to use case discussions and question-and-answer sessions to enhance the interactivity of their presentations.

CME Accreditation and Designation Statements
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 the Institute for Medical and Nursing Education (IMNE) and International Medical Press (IMP). IMNE is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

IMNE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Although teaching others based on the materials provided is necessary to complete the evaluation form and to obtain Category 1 Credits, please do not claim the time spent preparing to present or instructing others with these materials, unless other arrangements have been made in advance with the Institute for Medical and Nursing Education. Physicians should only claim credit for the time required to complete the evaluation form for this activity.

In compliance with the ACCME, it is the policy of IMNE and IMP to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all programming. All individuals involved in planning (eg, CME provider staff, faculty, and planners) are expected to disclose any significant financial relationships with commercial interests over the past 12 months. IMNE also requires that faculty identify and reference off-label product or investigational use of pharmaceutical and medical device products.

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and IMNE policy, identification and resolution of conflict has been made in the form of external peer review of educational content. The following disclosures have been made:

All staff of IMNE and IMP in a position to influence content have filed statements of disclosure with the CME provider. Any conflicts of interest were identified and resolved prior to their involvement in planning this activity.

Amy Kline-Carbonara
Client Services Director, IMP
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

Joelle Escoffery, PhD
Scientific Director, IMP
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

Katie Fidanza
Senior Account Executive, IMP
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

Marge Tamas
Senior Medical Writer, IMP
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

Mark Falk, MD
IMNE CME Peer Reviewer—Infectious Diseases
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

Steve Weinman, RN
Senior Director, IMNE
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

This activity is designed for healthcare professionals for educational purposes. While IMNE makes every effort to have accurate information presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered. The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision making before applying any information, whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

Copyright and Reprint Permissions
The materials in the Teaching Kit were developed from a variety of sources, some of which are protected by copyright. Materials are provided with the understanding that the participant will seek appropriate reprint permissions subject to the terms imposed by their copyright holders. You are responsible for determining whether permission is required for the specific circumstances in which you will use these materials.

Materials copyrighted by International Medical Press may be used for noncommercial, nonprofit educational purposes in hospitals, offices, and clinics, but not at regional, national, or international conferences. Materials copyrighted by International Medical Press may not be licensed, sold, or reused for other than the aforementioned noncommercial, nonprofit educational purposes without express written permission from International Medical Press (+1 404 443 1500).

Materials developed and published by the United States government, including publications of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the CDC, are copyright-free.

All other materials in this Teaching Kit are copyright by the publisher and/or author of the original, cited sources as noted. Your use of these materials may be subject to various restrictions under applicable US and international copyright laws. Fees may be assessed by some copyright holders for some purposes. All such fees are the responsibility of the participant. Under no circumstances shall International Medical Press, the Institute for Medical and Nursing Education, nor BioCryst Pharmaceuticals be held liable for your failure to seek copyright and/or reprint permission for materials in the Teaching Kit.

Commercial Support Acknowledgment
This slides used in this activity were originally developed for a satellite symposium supported by an educational grant from BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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