CME: PCP Insights: Steps in Diagnosing SLE and Managing Patient Care

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Diagnosing SLE in the Primary Care Setting

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Diagnosing SLE in the Primary Care Setting
The diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus is often delayed—sometimes for years—but primary care physicians can help close that diagnostic gap.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 Minutes


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  • Overview

    A timely diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can help prevent, or at least diminish, the damage caused by this disease. Here to share their pearls of wisdom for effectively assessing and treating patients with SLE early on are family physician Dr. Louis Kuritzky and rheumatologist Dr. Robin Dore.

  • Learning Objectives

    • Describe key evidence-based strategies for diagnosing SLE
    • Utilize effective strategies to assess and co-manage patients with SLE over time
  • Target Audience

    The primary audience who will use and benefit from this educational initiative includes primary care clinicians who care for adult patients with SLE.

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    Dr. Robin Dore, MD, is a consultant for Amgen, Abbvie, Gilead, Lilly, Radius and Sanofi. She is on a speaker’s bureau for Amgen, Abbvie, Lilly, Pfizer, Radius, UCB, and Sanofi. She has done research for Amgen, Abbvie, Biogen, Gilead, Lilly, and Pfizer. 

    Louis Kuritzky, MD, is a consultant for Amgen, Allergan, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Lilly, Lundbeck, NovoNordisk, Sanofi, and Shire. In addition, he is on the speaker’s bureau for Amgen.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The France Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.25 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

    This Enduring Material activity, A Step-By-Step Guide to Diagnosing SLE in the Primary Care Setting, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 09/30/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Provider(s)/Educational Partner(s)

  • Commercial Support

    This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline. 

  • Terms of Use

    TFF requires CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. TFF does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.


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    If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or a certificate of participation—your CME/CE certificate will be emailed to you. It can also be downloaded from the Credits section of your Profile at any time.

  • Disclaimer

    The France Foundation presents this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation and the commercial supporter(s) assume no liability for the information herein.

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