Overcoming Missed Opportunities in the Management of Concurrent Anemia in IBD—Assessing Strategies to Treat Anemia in IBD: Meet Helen

0.50 CME
$0 FEE

Activity Release Date: 10/24/2019
Activity Expiration Date: 10/24/2020

Jointly provided by Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and px

Activity Description

Anemia is a common condition. In the United States, anemia is number 15 of the top 20 hospital diagnoses for emergency department visits, accounting for about 285,000 annual emergency room visits.1 Although the incidence of anemia in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which comprises ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, has reportedly decreased in the last few decades, it is still the most prevalent extraintestinal complication of IBD. Anemia is an important factor in the overall well-being of IBD patients and frequently does not receive the attention it deserves. 

Using clinical case scenarios, this activity (one of two to be released 30-days apart) will improve learners’ knowledge and competence regarding the

  • Recognition and significance of anemia in general and in adult patients with IBD
  • Impact of anemia on the quality of life of patients with IBD
  • Significance of anemia as an indicator of disease activity
  • Anemia care pathways and the need for actively supported anemia treatment with different IBD regimens
  1. Benefit of engaging patients with IBD anemia in shared-decision-making National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2015. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhamcs/web_tables/2015_ed_web_tables.pdf.

Target Audience

This curriculum will be designed to meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists, internal medicine physicians, family medicine physicians, gastroenterology fellows, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants involved in the care and treatment of adult patients with IBD.

Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the factors that contribute to the development of anemia in adult patients with IBD.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of anemia and describe the impact on adult patients with IBD.
  • Assess strategies to treat iron-deficiency anemia and anemia of chronic disease in adult patients with IBD to optimize IBD treatment and improve quality of life.
  • Evaluate how an anemia care pathway can be incorporated into practice to improve screening, evaluation, treatment and follow-up care of anemia in adult patients with IBD.

Criteria for Success

Statements of credit will be awarded based on the participant reviewing each presentation, scoring a 70% on the post test, and completing and submitting an activity evaluation. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an online evaluation/claimed credit form. You must participate in the entire activity to receive credit. There is no fee to participant in this activity. If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact AKH Inc. at tbrignoni@akhcme.com.

Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare CME Credit provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and peerXchange Inc.  AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring activity 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.

Physician Assistants

NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Faculty Disclosures 

Michael D. Cirigliano, MD, FACP, discloses no financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:

Consultant - Abbvie, American Regent / Luitpold, Celgene, CellCeutrix, Eli Lilly, Ferring, Gilead, Janssen Orthobiotech (Funding to University of PA - IBD Fellow Education), Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (Funding to University of PA - IBD Fellow Education), Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., Romark, Salix Pharmaceuticals/Valeant, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Takeda (Funding to University of PA - IBD Fellow Education), UCB

Contracted Research - Celgene, Janssen Orthobiotech (Funding to University of PA - IBD Fellow Education), Salix Pharmaceuticals/Valeant, Shire Pharmaceuticals, UCB

Other - American College of Gastroenterology (Honorarium for Associate Editor of American Journal of Gastroenterology), American Regent / Luitpold (CME Program Support) Clinical Advances in Gastroenterology Editor, Eli Lilly (Data Safety Monitoring Board), Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Gastro-Hep Communications) - Editor (Honorarium), McMahon Publishing- Author (Honorarium), Merck (Honorarium for CME Program), Romark (Honorarium for CME Program), SLACK, Inc (Book Royalty), Springer Science and Business Media Editor (Honorarium), Up-To-Date- Author (Honorarium)

Staff and Reviewers Disclosures  

Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Lead Nurse Planner/Reviewer, discloses no financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Patricia Brignoni, AKH Director of Operations/Reviewer, discloses no financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Wendy Gloffke, PhD, Medical Writer, discloses no financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

AKH Inc. and peerXchange Inc. planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Pfizer Inc.

Disclosure Declaration  
It is the policy of AKH Inc. and peerXchange Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity and may include any of or combination of the following: attestation to non-commercial content; notification of independent and certified CME expectations; referral to National Faculty Initiative training; restriction of topic area or content; restriction to discussion of science only; amendment of content to eliminate discussion of device or technique; use of other faculty for discussion of recommendations; independent review against criteria ensuring evidence support recommendation; moderator review; and peer review.  

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product 

This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. 

This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. and peerXchange Inc. specifically disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content.

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