An Interdisciplinary Approach to Advanced Prevention
The escalating problem of multiple chronic conditions among Americans is now a major public health and medical challenge, associated with suboptimal health outcomes and rising health-care expenses. Despite this problem's growth, the delivery of health services has continued to employ outmoded “siloed” approaches that focus on individual care guidelines rather than comprehensive interdisciplinary approaches towards prevention of chronic conditions. This is true particularly in the areas of managing preventive strategies for disorders such as cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disorders. This conference will examine current advances in interdisciplinary approaches towards prevention of these chronic conditions leading to integrated treatment strategies and improved health and quality of life for individuals at risk for developing chronic conditions.
Doctors and other health professionals will be instructed in how to incorporate this new information into their own practices and make intelligent decisions on the treatment of chronic conditions and optimization of health. Interdisciplinary approaches towards medical care also include collaborative technology, allowing patients to gain access to actionable information and technologies, enabling greater participation in their care. The conference will include content to engage and apply collaborative patient communications.
It has long been recognized that in America's fragmented health care system, chronic diseases could be much better managed. These issues are being discussed by health care professionals and policymakers alike in the context of the health care reform debate. As one example, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases has described some “unhealthy truths” about chronic disease:
• Chronic diseases are the number one cause of death and disability in the US
• Treating patients with chronic diseases accounts for 75% of the nation's health care spending.
• Two thirds of the increase in health care spending is due to the increased prevalence of treated chronic disease.
• The vast majority of cases of chronic disease could be better prevented or managed.
• Many Americans are unaware of the extent to which chronic diseases could be better prevented or managed.
This activity is designed to educate a wide range of physicians and other health care professionals including Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, Physicians Assistants, Chiropractors, Dentists and Naturopathic Physicians seeking current treatment modalities within Integrative Medicine.
At the end of this activity, the participants will be able to:
- Interpret data from new advanced lipid profiles to individualize treatment for patients at risk for cardiovascular disease
- Identify and treat epigenetic drivers of obesity, hormonal dysregulation and reduced energy utilization
- Utilize nutrition, mind-body approaches, and new testing to guide more personalized approached to prevent cancer
- Determine genetic and epigenetic risk factors for developing neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia.
- Determine nutritional requirements to reduce the risk for serious cardiovascular disorders
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 Amedco and The American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
The American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
In accordance with ACCME guidelines, ACAM requires all faculty speakers to disclose all commercial relationships relative to the content of this CME activity. Individual faculty disclosure will be provided in the course syllabus for the General Session. All presentations will be peer reviewed for fair balance and evidence based medicine.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ACAM will make every effort to accommodate special needs at this event. Please notify ACAM at least 2 weeks prior to the conference to discuss accommodations at the El Conquistador. International callers please call 1-800-532-3688.
No commercial support was received for this educational activity.