Integrating Advances to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Asthma: A Case-Based Interdisciplinary Approach

Released On
March 30, 2019

Expires On
March 30, 2020

Media Type

Completion Time
105 minutes

Family Medicine, Allergy, Pulmonary


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This activity is provided by American Academy of CME, Inc.


Supported by an independent educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.


Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™and 1.75 AAFP Prescribed credits
  • Nurses — 1.75 contact hours (1.40 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours).

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for the family physician, NP, PA, and other members of the asthma care team.

Program Overview

Individuals with asthma are likely to present first in the primary care setting, thus affording primary care providers an opportunity to reduce the numbers of patients who are misdiagnosed and to support the correct use of inhalers and adherence. Asthma management is evolving and evidence-based guidelines and interdisciplinary models of care can help individualize treatment and improve outcomes in those with asthma. Through the use of case-studies, our faculty will address these important issues and practice challenges.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the initial evaluation of a patient with asthma
  • Outline criteria that help confirm a diagnosis of asthma
  • Consider assessing a patient’s inhaler technique with new devices and regularly afterwards
  • Educate patients about proper inhaler technique
  • Discuss current guideline-recommended care models for patients with asthma
  • Implement multidisciplinary strategies to optimize management in patients with asthma


Bennett S. Shenker, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAFP

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Rutgers-RWJMS Family Medicine Residency at CentraState Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Rutgers
The State University of New Jersey

Nirav N. Shah, DO, FCCP

Chair, Critical Care Committee
CentraState Medical Center
Medical Director, Critical Care Unit
CentraState Medical Center

Mary Lou Hayden, RN, MS, FNP-BC, AE-C

Family Nurse Practitioner
National Asthma Educator Certification Board
Certified Asthma Educator

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, American Academy of CME, Inc. 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 healthcare team.

Physicians Credit Designation Statement

American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Accreditation and Designation Statements

This Enduring Material activity, Integrating Advances to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Asthma, A Case-Based Interdisciplinary Approach, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 03/31/2019. 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.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Nurse Practitioners and Nursing Accreditation and Designation Statements

American Academy of CME, Inc, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this educational activity for 1.75 ANCC contact hours (1.40 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours).

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16993 for 1.75 contact hours.

Physician Assistants Designation Statement

Per the American Academy of Physician Assistants, PAs attending an educational activity that has been designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ may claim up to the maximum number of credits designated.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

According to the disclosure policy of the Academy, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interests related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity and levels of evidence.

Disclosures are as follows:

Bennett S. Shenker, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAFP

  • Board Director of Partners in Care ACO

Nirav N. Shah, DO, FCCP

  • No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Mary Lou Hayden, RN, MS, FNP-BC, AE-C

  • Advisory Board for Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

Planning Committee
Wendy Gloffke, PhD, John JD Juchniewicz, MCIS, CHCP, Natalie Kirkwood, RN, BSN, JD, Lead Nurse Planner and Paul J. Miniter, MS American Academy of CME: No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

This activity will not review off-label or investigational information.

Method of Participation

There are no fees to participate in the activity. Participants must review the activity information including the learning objectives and disclosure statements, as well as the content of the activity. To receive CME/CNE credit for your participation, please complete the post-test (achieving a passing grade of 70% or greater), and program evaluation. Your certificate can be printed immediately.

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The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty, and do not represent those of the Academy. This activity is intended as a supplement to existing knowledge, published information, and practice guidelines. Learners should appraise the information presented critically and draw conclusions only after careful consideration of all available scientific information.


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