CME/CNE Information



Activity Title A Practical Guide to Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis
Topic Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation
Accreditation Type AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™/ANCC Contact Hours
Release Date October 31, 2015
Expiration Date October 30, 2016
Estimated Time to Complete Activity 120 minutes

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

  • Identify MS symptoms causing functional impairments that require specialized assessments and interventions by rehabilitation specialists, and describe the roles of physical, occupational, and speech/language therapists in developing and implementing strategies that will lead to sustained, improved outcomes
  • Describe evidenced-based assessment techniques that can be used at baseline appraisal and throughout the spectrum of MS that support the development of targeted, consistent, and individualized therapies
  • Distinguish between fluctuations of MS symptoms versus relapses and/or progression and adjust interventions to accommodate for the dynamic nature of MS
  • Analyze monitoring strategies, communication tools, and interviewing techniques that will develop and sustain a long-term productive relationship between the rehabilitation team and MS patients
  • Provide appropriate education and information to the patient, family, and members of the rehabilitation team throughout the course of treatment


FACULTY

Susan E. Bennett, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, MSCS
Clinical Professor
Departments of Rehabilitation Science, Neurology and Neurosurgery
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, New York

Patricia Bednarik, MS, CCC-SLP, MSCS
Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Multiple Sclerosis Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Patty Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP
MS Comprehensive Care Center of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida

Christine Smith, OTR/L, MSCS
Coordinator of Occupational Therapy
Holy Name Medical Center
Teaneck, New Jersey


METHOD OF PARTICIPATION / HOW TO RECEIVE CREDIT

  1. There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  2. Review the activity objectives and CME/CNE information.
  3. Complete the CME/CNE activity.
  4. Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  5. Complete the CME/CNE evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  6. Credit documentation/reporting: your CME/CNE certificate will be available for download.


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ACCREDITED PROVIDER

This activity is provided by Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and Nurse Practitioner Alternatives in collaboration with The France Foundation.


TARGET AUDIENCE

This activity is intended for rehabilitation clinicians such as physiatrists, occupational therapists (OT), physical therapists (PT), speech language pathologists (SLP), and other clinicians, such neurologists, nurses, and others involved in the management and rehabilitation of patients with MS.


STATEMENT OF NEED

A multi-dimensional, comprehensive care approach is advocated to promote positive outcomes for individuals with MS, and rehabilitation is an integral part of comprehensive MS care. There is a documented need for improvements in rehabilitative services, including incorporation of standardized measures for the evaluation and ongoing assessment of persons with MS, increased awareness for the signs and symptoms of a change in patient status, and a need for patient engagement in identification of rehabilitation goals and treatment strategies. Increased collaboration and communication between disciplines is needed to fully realize the goals of MS rehabilitation and optimize quality of life for those with MS.


ACCREDITATION/DESIGNATION STATEMENT

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 the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Nurse Practitioner Alternatives (NPA).

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CMSC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioner Alternatives is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is awarded 2.0 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education for RNs and APRNs. Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP, has served as Nurse Planner for this activity. She has declared that she has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


RESOLUTION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME and ANCC accreditation standards, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Nurse Practitioner Alternatives, and The France Foundation have implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME/CNE activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME/CNE activity.


DISCLOSURES

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), Nurse Practitioner Alternatives (NPA), and The France Foundation (TFF) require that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. CMSC, NPA, and TFF resolve all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all their educational programs. Furthermore, CMSC, NPA, and TFF seek to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. CMSC, NPA, and TFF are committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.


Activity Staff Disclosures

June Halper has disclosed that she serves as a consultant for non-clinical subject matter to Biogen Idec. All other planners, reviewers, staff, or other members of the Continuing Professional Education Committee at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The planners, reviewers, and staff at Nurse Practitioner Alternatives who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Faculty Disclosure

The following faculty report that they have relevant financial relationships to disclose:

  • Susan E. Bennett, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, MSCS has received grants/research support and honoraria from Acorda Therapeutics. She has served as a consultant to Acorda Therapeutics and Medtronics.
  • Patty Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP was a program consultant for Can Do MS.
  • Christine Smith, OTR/L, MSCS is a stock shareholder of Teva.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

CMSC, NPA, and TFF require CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. CMSC, NPA, and TFF do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.


COMMERCIAL SUPPORT ACKNOWLEDGMENT

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genzyme, a Sanofi company.


DISCLAIMER

CMSC, NPA, and TFF present this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. CMSC, NPA, TFF, and Genzyme, a Sanofi company assume no liability for the information herein.


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CONTACT INFORMATION

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