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Marsha Visit 1: New Directions in Diagnosing and Managing Chronic Urticaria


Marsha Visit 1: New Directions in Diagnosing and Managing Chronic Urticaria

Topic: Allergy/ Immunology
Relevant Terms: Dermatology, Hives, Urticaria
Primary Audience: allergists, Dermatologists, immunologists
Launch Date: 04-Jun-13
Credits: 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Expiration Date: The accreditation for this activity has expired.
Curriculum Name: Urticaria

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Discuss differential diagnoses for chronic urticaria (CU) and formulate an appropriate diagnostic workup for various types of CU (such as autoimmune, physical, and spontaneous/idiopathic)
  2. Summarize evidence-based treatment options and guidelines for managing chronic CU that maximize clinical outcomes while minimizing adverse effects


    Allen P. Kaplan, MD
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Charleston, SC
    Michael S. Blaiss, MD
    Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    Allergy and Asthma Care
    Memphis, TN
    Mark S. Dykewicz, MD
    Professor of Internal Medicine
    Allergy & Immunology
    Section on Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Immunologic Diseases
    Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program Director
    Wake Forest University School of Medicine
    Winston Salem, NC 
    Target Audience
    The activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of allergists, immunologists, dermatologists and other physicians involved in the care of patients with urticaria. 

    Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
    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:

    Faculty disclosures 
    Allen P. Kaplan, MD
    has affiliations with Genentech (consulting fees).
    Mark S. Blaiss, MD
    has affiliations with Genentech (fees for non-CME/CE services received directly from a commercial interest or their agents).
    Mark S. Dykewicz, MD
    has affiliations with Merck (consulting fees).

    • Jacqui Brooks, MBBCh, MRCPsych, has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.
    • Cynthia M. Kunzer has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.

    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
    The following PIM staff serve as clinical content reviewers and/or participate in planning CME/CE activities in a manner that may affect content: Laura Excell, ND, NP, MS, MA, LPC, NCC; Trace Hutchison, PharmD; Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CCMEP; Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CCMEP; and Patricia Staples, MSN, NP-C, CCRN, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interests related to the content of this CME/CE activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

    Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. 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 patient's conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RMEI, LLC. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    Estimated time to complete the activity: 30 minutes
    Medium: Internet

    There is no fee for this educational activity.
    This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 
    The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

    This activity is jointly sponsored by RMEI, LLC and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. RMEI gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from Genentech in support of this CME activity.
    By reviewing the course content and successfully completing the post-test and evaluation, physicians are entitled to receive 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. A statement of credit will be available to print from your user history page.
    • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures.
    • Participate in the activity.
    • Complete the post-test and activity evaluation.
    • Physicians who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive CME credit. You must score with a 70% or higher on the post-test to receive credit for this activity.
    • All other participants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive a certificate of participation.

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