ANAHEIM, Calif.—(2 July 2010)—The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine today announced the launch of “Fibromyalgia: A CME Performance Improvement (PI) Program,” designed to help improve the clinical outcomes of patients with fibromyalgia through education and training on assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic options.
Open to primary care physicians, rheumatologists and psychiatrists, the program designated for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, is available through the NFA’s healthcare professional (HCP) website: Fibromyalgia Professional Resource Center at www.FibromyalgiaHCP.org is the first and only website supporting healthcare professionals through fibromyalgia education and resources aimed at improving patient diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life.
Faculty for the CME program includes Michael Clark, M.D., Associate Professor and Director, Chronic Pain Treatment Programs and David Bodycombe, ScD, MSc, Assistant Scientist and Managing Director of ACG System at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Philip Mease, M.D., Chief of Rheumatology Research, Swedish Medical Center and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington.
The new CME program is a three-step online process delivering:
⎯ Assessment of current practice performance
⎯ Implementation of tools/resources
⎯ Re-evaluation period to summarize outcome changes
“We’re proud to collaborate with Johns Hopkins to produce a unique, interactive program that will focus on assesemnt of current fibromyalgia HCP practice performance and offers implementation of tools and resources to stimulate change in areas of fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment. ,” said Rae Marie Gleason, Executive Director of the National Fibromyalgia Association. “This program provides the most updated and complete information based on scientific research to help participants positively impact the lives of their patients with fibromyalgia.”
To register to participate in “Fibromyalgia: A CME Performance Improvement (PI) Program,” go to: www.FibromyalgiaHCP.org
“Make Fibromyalgia Visible”
“Make Fibromyalgia Visible” was the NFA’s
theme for this year’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, officially observed
on May 12. Awareness Day is designed to increase awareness and understanding of
fibromyalgia – a chronic pain disorder usually characterized by chronic
widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep
disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress
About the National Fibromyalgia Association
The National Fibromyalgia Association is a
501(c) 3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Anaheim, California whose
mission is: To develop and execute programs dedicated to improving the
quality of life for people with fibromyalgia. The NFA publishes FM Aware magazine, which recently went digital
in 2010. For more information, visit www.fmaware.org.
About Johns Hopkins Medical School
In its 2011 report, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Johns Hopkins Hospital #3 among U.S. medical schools. Johns Hopkins Medical School remains the nation's leading medical school recipient of research funds from the National Institutes of Health. In 2006, the Johns Hopkins Office of Continuing Medical Education achieved "Accreditation with Commendation" for six years, the highest ranking issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. For more information, please visit www.hopkinscme.edu.