Optimal Care: Neurology
Practicing evidence-based medicine (EBM) is important in today’s health care environment because this model of care offers clinicians a way to enrich quality, enhance the patient experience, reduce wasted and harmful care and improve outcomes. A common implementation of EBM involves the use of clinical practice algorithms during medical decision making to encourage optimal care. This widely recognized practice is designed to address the persistent problem of clinical practice variation with the help of actionable information at the point of care. The goal of this series is to rapidly transition high-quality clinical research into daily practice and thereby reduce the delivery of low-value care, while enhancing the clinician experience. Current literature will be reviewed to enable health care professionals to put new EBM into practice.
This activity, part of the Optimal Care program, will address EBM practices in neurology.
This activity is jointly provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Health, Clinical Performance.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in neurologic care.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in the management of neurologic conditions.
- Describe the role of EBM as a means to reduce costs and improve quality, patient satisfaction and outcomes in neurologic conditions.
- Explore the role of EBM as it applies to the clinical presentation and evaluation of acute onset minor stroke, major syncopal syndromes and vertebrobasilar insufficiency.
- State the importance of medical therapy compared to surgical therapy for asymptomatic carotid stenosis.
- Explain the importance of prophylactic therapy in the management of frequent migraine.
Ken Cohen, MD, FACP
Executive Director of Translational Research
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
ID Sr. Consultant, Clinical Consistency
Optum Health, Clinical Performance
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Dr. Cohen has disclosed that he serves on the advisory board for Pfizer.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Health, Clinical Performance. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 0.75 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credit. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
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