Defining, Diagnosing and Managing Celiac Disease:
A Free CME for Primary Care Providers
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) along with their joint sponsors, Impact Education, LLC and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, are pleased to provide these continuing education activities intended to enhance primary care practitioners' ability to improve overall outcomes for people with celiac disease.
This multi-media activity entitled, Defining, Diagnosing, and Managing Celiac Disease, features distinguished faculty from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, and USC Keck School of Medicine. The activity includes recommendations from the faculty, a series of patient case studies, a comprehensive list of resources, and an "Ask the Expert" feature. The recommendations and resources include the signs and symptoms indicative of celiac disease, how to test for and diagnose the disease, and best management practices.
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This newsletter entitled, Defining, Diagnosing, and Managing Celiac Disease in Primary Care, contains three separate articles by celiac disease experts from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, and USC Keck School of Medicine. The newsletter includes recommendations and resources, including several charts and algorithms for diagnosing celiac disease. The newsletter, in a PDF file format, can be widely distributed by healthcare organizations and interested parties.
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Celiac Disease in the Primary Care Setting
As with many diseases, the most important role of the primary care provider in celiac disease management is identification of patients at risk for this disorder. Primary care providers are regularly presented with patients experiencing celiac disease but who have yet to be diagnosed.
Researchers have demonstrated that primary care providers play a pivotal role in their use of serological testing, resulting in dramatic increases in the diagnostic rate of celiac disease. Remarkable studies include:
- Lanzini et al. 2005 found a three-year celiac disease awareness program targeted among primary care physicians promoting serological screening of celiac disease in high-risk groups to be effective. Researchers concluded the program increased the proportion of asymptomatic cases by 8% to 15%.
- Catassi et al. 2007 found case-finding, first identifying the most common symptoms and comorbidity associated with celiac disease and then seeking out patients who fulfill the criteria, to be a viable and successful strategy for identifying undiagnosed celiac patients among primary care physicians in North America.