Patient & Provider Connection: A Patient's Journey Living With Narcolepsy

Released On
March 30, 2021

Expires On
March 30, 2022

Media Type

Completion Time
90 minutes


Sleep Medicine

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This activity is provided by Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Harmony Biosciences, LLC.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • Nurses — 1.5 Contact Hours

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

Target Audience

This educational activity is directed toward neurologists, psychiatrists, primary care clinicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with narcolepsy.

Activity Overview

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexy. The disorder has a significant impact on patient quality of life, yet remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Clinicians require education on the burdens associated with narcolepsy, including the potential physical, psychological, and social consequences of EDS in individuals with narcolepsy, which is crucial for providing patient-centered care.

This video-based program is designed for health care professionals to explore the diagnosis and treatment of narcolepsy through a unique perspective, putting the patient voice front and center. A patient will lend their expertise to this program by sharing their journey living with narcolepsy. This online activity focuses on the complex pathophysiology and etiology of narcolepsy, the clinical presentation and diagnostic evaluation, the efficacy and safety of recommended therapies, and management best practices.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, you should be better prepared to:

  • Identify common barriers to the timely diagnosis of narcolepsy
  • Describe guideline-recommended approaches to diagnosing narcolepsy
  • Customize individualized treatment plans to address patients’ narcolepsy-related burden, using shared decision-making
  • Apply knowledge of the mechanism of action, efficacy, and safety of therapies for adult and pediatric patients with narcolepsy-related EDS to therapy selection



Michael Thorpy, MD

Director, Sleep-Wake Disorders Center
Montefiore Medical Center
Professor of Neurology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY


Kiran Maski, MD, MPH

Director, Sleep Clinic, Department of Neurology
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Physician Accreditation Statement

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit Designation

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16669, for 1.5 Contact Hours.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Michael Thorpy, MD

  • Consultant/Advisory Board: Axsome, Balance Therapeutics, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Flamel/Avadel, Harmony Biosciences, LLC, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Suven Life Sciences Ltd., Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd.

Kiran Maski, MD, MPH

  • Grant/Research Support: Jazz Pharmaceuticals (investigator-initiated grant); Consultant: Alkermes, Harmony Biosciences, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Other Support: Coverys Healthcare Foundation

Spouse is a global medical director of rare kidney disease at Sanofi Genzyme.

The staff of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities.

PER® mitigated all COI for faculty, staff, and planners prior to the start of this activity by using a multistep process.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

  1. Complete the activity (including pre- and post-activity assessments).
  2. Answer the evaluation questions.
  3. Request credit using the drop-down menu.
You may immediately download your certificate.

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Off-Label Disclosure and Disclaimer

This activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Learners are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this accredited activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent clinical judgment of a health care professional relative to diagnostic, treatment, or management options for a specific patient’s medical condition. The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of PER® or any company that provided commercial support for this activity.