Florida Pediatric Foundation Supports The CLEO Institute this Holiday Season

Did you know that Florida is the most vulnerable state in the nation to climate impacts?

Our youth will bear the brunt of the climate crisis, and in order to ensure they are resilient, we must prepare them. The CLEO Institute has developed programs that ensure our teachers and students statewide are learning about the science, impacts, and solutions to the climate crisis. CLEO Resilient Schools and the GenCLEO Youth Network are statewide programs that educate, engage, and empower our youth to understand what is happening, become civically engaged, and learn about green careers.

Beginning on Giving Tuesday, the Florida Pediatric Foundation (FPF), the charitable foundation of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), is raising funds to help The CLEO Institute continue their work supporting youth climate literacy through a variety of school initiatives and education, engagement, and advocacy efforts.

With your help, we can make a difference to protect our common home. Make a donation of any size to The CLEO Institute from November 30, 2021 through the end of the year, and together, we can help engage and empower Florida’s youth to take climate action.

Thank you for helping us support Florida’s kids to be happy, safe, and healthy!

Important FL DOH Updates Regarding Expanding Populations Eligible to Receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and Reporting Adverse Events

Important Updates Regarding Expanding Populations Eligible to Receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and Reporting Adverse Events

November 5, 2021

Expanding Populations Eligible to Receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to Include Persons 5 Years Through 11 Years of Age

On October 29, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include children 5 years through 11 years of age.

For more information regarding the latest guidelines, please use the links below:

FDA News Release
Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers Administering Vaccine
Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Ordering and Distribution Information

Health care providers may now place orders for Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccines in Florida SHOTS. All enrolled COVID-19 vaccine providers who wish to order Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine may order in 300 dose increments; however, on November 9, 2021 pediatric COVID-19 vaccine may be ordered in 100 dose increments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doses ordered on or before November 9, 2021 are expected to arrive by November 12, 2021.

The Florida Department of Health’s Immunization Section placed pre-book orders for eleven county health departments (CHDs) to serve as regional hubs for vaccine storage and distribution. These CHDs were selected based on location, population size, storage capacity and capability to transfer vaccine to other health care providers. According to the CDC, vaccine shipments are expected to arrive between November 6-12, 2021.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Reporting

Health care providers should report the following adverse events to VAERS:

  • Any adverse event that occurs after the administration of a vaccine licensed in the United States, whether it is or is not clear that a vaccine caused the adverse event,
  • Vaccine administration errors,
  • Vaccine manufacturers are required to report to VAERS all adverse events that come to their attention.

Health care providers are required to report the following adverse events to VAERS:

Online reporting is strongly encouraged. Please report clinically important adverse events that occur after vaccination of children and adults, even if you are not sure whether the vaccine caused the adverse event. To make a report, please visit: https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html and notify the state health department of any severe reactions reported.

Pre-book Ordering

Should you choose to obtain vaccines from the pre-book order from the CHDs, please use the following contact information:

Alachua County Health Department: Vicki Ennis, 352-334-8811
Broward County Health Department: Barbara Bateman, 954-847-8007
Clay County Health Department: Robin Thomas, 904-838-5424
Duval County Health Department: Tawanda Washington, 904-253-1055
Escambia County Health Department: Beate Bolton, 850-595-6500 Ext., 1200
Hillsborough County Health Department: Jylmarie Lewis, 813-559-4649
Indian River County Health Department: Maryjo Sullivan, 772-794-7478
Lee County Health Department: Marie George, 239-332-9505
Leon County Health Department: Eugene Buerkle, 850-404-6270
Marion County Health Department: Michael Smith, 352-644-2660
Miami-Dade County Health Department: Jean Toussaint, 305-575-3831
Okaloosa County Health Department: Suzanne Clemons, 850-344-0606
Orange County Health Department: Gissella Suarez, 407-723-4081 or 407-340-1910
Palm Beach County Health Department: Dana Marie Heinlein, 561-671-4052
Pinellas County Health Department: Norma Osgood, 727-820-4105
Polk County Health Department: Tammy Durden, 863-578-2113
Sarasota County Health Department: Donna Keith, 941-861-2914
St. Lucie County Health Department: Daniel Buchin, 772-873-4885
Volusia County Health Department: Patricia Boswell, 386-274-0799

Tune In Tonight, 11/3 at 8pm ET! Webinar for AAP Members on COVID-19 Vaccines and Children

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11. The Academy published its updated recommendations, including a strong recommendation for children in this age group to receive the vaccine.

AAP President Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP, sent an email yesterday to all AAP members outlining new resources for pediatricians and ways to learn more about the important work ahead.

Join us tonight! The AAP is hosting a webinar this evening, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET along with the American Academy of Family Physicians, which will feature several White House officials.

Attendees will learn about vaccine distribution plans and how the Administration is working with our organizations to get the vaccine out to families.

To join the event, simply go to the AAP’s YouTube channel tonight at 8:00 pm ET. We hope to see you there and thank you for all you are doing for children and families!

PLUS: Tune in Tomorrow,  November 4 – CDC COCA Call

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call on November 4th at 2pm EDT.

Topic: Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines: CDC’s Recommendations for Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series in Children 5–11 Years Old

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide an overview of its recommendations and clinical considerations for administering the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination primary series in children aged 5–11 years old.

Join the call here.

There will be a web on-demand version of the call available after the live event.

AAP Applauds CDC Advisory Group Recommendation on COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 5-11

For release: Nov. 2, 2021

Media contacts:
Emily Rosenbaum (erosenbaum@aap.org)
Devin Miller (dmiller@aap.org)
Lisa Black (lblack@aap.org)

American Academy of Pediatrics Applauds CDC Advisory Committee’s Approval of Safe, Effective COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11

Pediatricians are eager to help protect children and families by administering the vaccine, the most effective prevention tool available since the start of the pandemic

ITASCA, IL—The American Academy of Pediatrics supports today’s recommendation by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend the use of a COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5-11. The AAP urges families to check with their pediatrician and community health care providers about how to get their eligible children vaccinated, pending a final recommendation from the CDC.

Vaccinating children will protect children’s health and allow them to fully engage in all of the activities that are so important to their health and development. Parents can enjoy greater peace of mind gathering with family members this winter and sending their children to school, sports and other events that were paused during the height of the pandemic.

“Sharing this life-saving vaccine with our children is a huge step forward and provides us all with more confidence and optimism about the future,” said AAP President Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP. “Pediatricians are eager to participate in the immunization process and talk with families about this vaccine. We want to ensure that access to this vaccine is equitable, and that every child is able to benefit.”

Immediately after the ACIP vote to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, the AAP published its updated recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine, including a strong recommendation for children in this age group to receive the vaccine pending the final decision by the CDC. The AAP recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all children and adolescents 5 years of age and older who do not have contraindications using a vaccine authorized for use for their age. Children with prior COVID-19 infection or disease should receive a COVID-19 vaccination to prevent a second infection and to lower the risk of severe illness and hospitalization.

The Academy also updated its interim school guidance, which calls for the continued use of layers of protection, including universal mask-wearing in schools to protect all students and adults. AAP strongly advocates for in-person learning, which can happen safely with adherence to recommended policies and procedures.  The guidance revision emphasizes the importance of immunization and masking as the most important risk mitigation strategies, as supported by new evidence.

“We know from our experience with the Delta variant that this virus is unpredictable, and we cannot afford to be complacent. It is critical to use science and data to guide our decisions about the pandemic and school COVID-19 plans,” Dr. Beers said. “We have also entered flu season, and now have an opportunity for children to receive vaccinations for both the flu and COVID-19, which can be done during a single visit.”

The AAP recognizes that disparities in school funding, quality of school facilities, educational staffing, and resources for enriching curricula among schools have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Ongoing federal, state, and local funding should be provided for all schools so they can continue to implement all the COVID-19 mitigation and safety measures required to protect students and staff.

More resources are available here:

AAP COVID-19 Vaccine in Children and Adolescents Policy Statement
School interim guidance update
For parents: Ask the Pediatrician: COVID-19 Round-Up – HealthyChildren.org
Public Service Announcements available for downloading in English and Spanish

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Simply Healthcare, FCAAP, and Magic Johnson Host Discussion on Mental Health with Teens

Simply Healthcare, FCAAP, and Magic Johnson Host Discussion on Mental Health with Teens at Florida State Capitol; SimplyHealthyMinds.com Provides Online Resources to Address Challenges

Pro Basketball Legend, Florida Leaders and Health Providers Discuss the Need to Ditch the Stigma Tied to Mental Health Challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: AMANDA BEVIS
NOVEMBER 2, 2021
(202) 680-9262

Tallahassee, FL – Simply Healthcare and pro basketball legend Magic Johnson hosted a discussion today with high school athletes at Florida’s Historic Capitol to discuss mental health in children.

Simply Heathcare’s new online tool – SimplyHealthyMinds.com – provides resources to help families, teachers, students and others tackle challenges tied to mental health.

“I know first-hand the pressures that student athletes face,” said Johnson. “I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with Simply Healthcare and help students fight the stigma associated with mental health challenges. Fortunately, Floridians can find a lot of trusted resources in a new online toolkit: SimplyHealthyMinds.com.”

In Florida, one in five youth has a diagnosable mental health condition, and only half of the 400,000 children with mental health disorders are receiving proper treatment.

To address this issue and support the mental health of kids throughout Florida, Simply Healthcare has partnered with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) to develop and launch SimplyHealthyMinds.com, a toolkit full of resources curated by experts in pediatric health care.

“Simply Healthcare will remain a steadfast advocate for Florida children and families struggling with mental health disorders,” said Holly Prince, President of Simply Healthcare. “Starting the conversation about mental health can be difficult. But with a pro like Magic Johnson, we are working to ditch the stigma and help families find the resources that can help.”

Secretary Shevaun Harris of the Florida Department of Children and Families was also part of the discussion.

“It’s so important that we keep the discussion of children’s mental health at the forefront of our conversations,” said Secretary Harris. “With support from parents, family, teachers and friends, Florida’s young people can overcome challenges, build resiliency, and know there is hope for a healthy, happy future.”

Dr. Lisa Gwynn, President of FCAAP, was also a part of the discussion. She underscored the importance of early intervention to get students the help they need before its too late.

“Consequences are high, and sometimes life is at stake. That’s why it’s so important that we support our students through difficult times,” said Dr. Gwynn. “With support, tools and proven methods, students can focus on their academics and their future.”

Dr. Jay Reeve, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Apalachee Center, the region’s largest provider of behavioral health services, attested to the increase in mental health challenges among kids and teens during the last two years.

“We’ve seen significant increases in anxiety and depression issues among kids since the start of the pandemic. But while the challenges we face may be new, as our First Lady Casey DeSantis says, there is Hope For Healing. Florida has the resources available to help parents, teachers, family and friends find ways for teens to cope,” said Dr. Reeve.

The goals of the Simply Healthy Minds toolkit are to support children through challenges, break down barriers to understanding mental health in children, counter the stigma associated with mental health and improve access to resources and care.

At SimplyHealthyMinds.com, users can find a variety of resources to support mental health in children, including:

·       Guidelines for parents to talk to teens

·       Conversation starters for parents to talk with children

·       Journal entry prompts to help children express their feelings in writing

·       Access to local community assistance programs by searching zip codes

·       Suicide prevention hotline

Visit SimplyHealthyMinds.com to find the guidelines, best practices and local programs.

 

About Simply Healthcare

Simply Healthcare is a Managed Care Plan that offers plans in Florida for residents eligible for Medicaid, Medicare and Florida Healthy Kids benefits. To learn more, visit www.simplyhealthcareplans.com.

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The Florida Pediatrician, Fall 2021

The Florida Pediatrician is a peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the Editorial Board of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The journal includes scientific articles, case reports, legislative updates, and other information relevant to pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and pediatric allied health practitioners in Florida.

The Fall 2021 edition of The Florida Pediatrician is now available. Access the full edition here.

 

 

 

This edition includes:

Foreword to the Mental Health Supplement for the Florida Pediatrician
Neurocysticercosis: Discussion Over Two Presumed Cases of Brain Lesion
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Adolescent Weight Management
Evaluating Knowledge and Implementation of Early Peanut Introduction Guidelines: A Cross-sectional Survey
The Firearm Epidemic: How Can Pediatric Trainees Improve Firearm Safety?
Human Trafficking of Children and Adolescents: A Literature Review and Call to Action for Florida Pediatricians
Effect of Newly Proposed Definitions on Incidence and Classification of Severity of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Complex Chromosomal Rearrangement Involving 15q11-q13 Interstitial Triplication and Duplication: A New Case Report of Dysmorphic and Neuropsychiatric Features
Effect of Underlying Connective Tissue Disorders on Pediatric and Adolescent Chiari I Malformation Neurosurgical Patients: A National Inpatient Sample Analysis
Missed Opportunities in HPV Vaccine Administration in a Pediatric Outpatient Clinic
Diagnostic Delay of Untreated Chronic Diabetes Insipidus and Rapidly Progressive Puberty in a 10-Year-Old

Please enjoy the Fall 2021 edition of The Florida Pediatrician! Use the full screen presentation/reader mode for optimal viewing.

Download a printer-friendly version here.

View past editions of The Florida Pediatrician here.

 

Governor DeSantis Recognizes October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Florida

Media Contact: HQW.Press.Office@MyFLFamilies.com

Governor DeSantis Recognizes October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On October 22, 2021, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Shevaun Harris highlighted that Governor Ron DeSantis has recognized October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Florida, an effort that is spearheaded by DCF and The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida to reduce sleep-related infant deaths in the Sunshine State.

“Experiencing the loss of a child is tragic, but even more so when simple steps could have been taken to prevent that heartache,” said DCF Secretary Shevaun Harris. “By informing parents and caretakers on the best practices for safe sleep, we can work together to reduce the number of these fatalities that occur within our communities each year.”

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Annually, the leading cause of injury-related deaths for Florida infants under the age of one is attributed to suffocation or strangulation in an adult bed. In 2020 alone, preliminary data shows that 74 infants across the state died due to unsafe sleeping conditions. Safe Sleep Awareness Month aims to raise awareness on these tragedies and to educate families and caregivers on how to create safer sleeping environments to lower the risk of these preventable deaths.

“Babies sleep safest when they are alone, on their backs, in a crib or bassinette, and on a firm, flat mattress with no blankets, toys, or other objects,” said Chris Lolley, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Florida, part of The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. “When a baby is sleeping in a safe environment, the parent or caregiver can rest a little easier, too, knowing they are taking every step to prevent harm to their little one.”

Taking care of a newborn isn’t easy, but prioritizing a safe sleeping environment is a task that can be made as simple as A-B-C:

Alone – Do not put pillows, blankets, crib bumpers, toys, soft objects, or loose bedding in a baby’s sleeping area.
Back – Placing infants on their backs to sleep has drastically reduced infant fatalities from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). “Back to sleep” should always be followed unless under direction from the child’s pediatrician.
Crib – The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib or bassinette. Cribs should have a firm, flat mattress covered only by a fitted sheet. Sleeping on soft surfaces can increase the risk of SIDS.
Whether an infant is in the care of a parent, grandparent, or childcare provider, all caregivers should promote and follow the ABCs of Safe Sleep guidelines until children are at least one year of age to reduce the risk of sleep-related fatalities. For more information on safe sleep, visit https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-welfare/safesleep/ or https://www.ounce.org/safe_sleep.html.

Pediatricians, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Children’s Hospitals Declare National Emergency in Children’s Mental Health

Pediatricians, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Children’s Hospitals Declare National Emergency in Children’s Mental Health

AAP, AACAP and CHA call on policymakers at all levels of government to act swiftly to address mental health crisis

WASHINGTON, DC (October 19, 2021) – Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) together representing more than 77,000 physician members and more than 200 children’s hospitals, declared a national state of emergency in child and adolescent mental health and are calling on policymakers to join them.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on children’s mental health as young people continue to face physical isolation, ongoing uncertainty, fear and grief. Even before the pandemic, mental health challenges facing children were of great concern, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated them.

“Children’s mental health is suffering. Young people have endured so much throughout this pandemic and while much of the attention is often placed on its physical health consequences, we cannot overlook the escalating mental health crisis facing our patients,” said AAP President Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP. “Today’s declaration is an urgent call to policymakers at all levels of government – we must treat this mental health crisis like the emergency it is.”

The numbers paint an alarming picture. Between March and October 2020, the percentage of emergency department visits for children with mental health emergencies rose by 24 percent for children ages 5-11 and 31 percent for children ages 12-17. There was also a more than 50 percent increase in suspected suicide attempt emergency department visits among girls ages 12-17 in early 2021 as compared to the same period in 2019.

Additionally, many young people have been impacted by loss of a loved one. Recent data show that more than 140,000 U.S. children have experienced the death of a primary or secondary caregiver during the COVID-19 pandemic, with children of color disproportionately impacted.

“We were concerned about children’s emotional and behavioral health even before the pandemic. The ongoing public health emergency has made a bad situation worse. We are caring for young people with soaring rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality that will have lasting impacts on them, their families, their communities, and all of our futures. We cannot sit idly by. This is a national emergency, and the time for swift and deliberate action is now,” said AACAP President, Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD.

Amy Wimpey Knight, president of CHA added, “We are facing a significant national mental health crisis in our children and teens which requires urgent action. In the first six months of this year, children’s hospitals across the country reported a shocking 45 percent increase in the number of self-injury and suicide cases in 5- to 17-year-olds compared to the same period in 2019. Together with the AAP and the AACAP we are sounding the alarm on this mental health emergency.”

In the declaration, the groups emphasize the disproportionate toll on young people in communities of color and how the ongoing struggle for racial justice is inextricably tied to the worsening mental health crisis.

“Children and families across our country have experienced enormous adversity and disruption. The inequities that result from structural racism have contributed to disproportionate impacts on children from communities of color,” the groups stated in the declaration.

The organizations are urging policymakers to take several actions, such as increasing federal funding to ensure all families can access mental health services; improving access to telemedicine; supporting effective models of school-based mental health care; accelerating integration of mental health care in primary care pediatrics; strengthening efforts to reduce the risk of suicide in children and adolescents; and addressing workforce challenges and shortages so that children can access mental health services no matter where they live.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) promotes the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research. Child and adolescent psychiatrists are the leading physician authority on children’s mental health. For more information, please visit www.aacap.org.

Children’s Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 200 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. For more information visit www.childrenshospitals.org.

 

Call for Focus Group Participants!

Registration is now open for 2 focus groups!

FCAAP is seeking Florida pediatric health care providers to participate in a 60-minute focus group session. Two dates are available, and participants will be provided a monetary incentive for their participation.

 

Each session will begin with time for questions and answers with the project leaders about the two educational videos previously created and released through the project (the videos and the corresponding CME information are available below). The last part of the session will include a live discussion with participants about their communications with patients regarding vaccine safety and their vaccination practices with immunocompromised children.

 

Register to Participate!

Space is limited to a total of 20 participants. Register to participate in one of the two focus groups here. Registrations will be reviewed as they are received, and registration will be closed once the available spaces for each date are filled. Anyone may attend the live Q&A portion by indicating that interest on the registration form.  The focus groups will be held at 6:00pm ET (5:00pm CT) on Thursday, October 21 and Thursday, October 28.

 

Register to participate in a focus group here.

 

Both educational presentations (General Vaccine Safety and COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Vaccinating Immunocompromised GI Patients and Cancer Survivors) are available with CME. See the full accreditation details, watch the educational webinars, and claim 1.5 CME credits here.

 

October Atopic Dermatitis Pediatric State Society Series Meeting

Join FCAAP and Integrity CE for the October Atopic Dermatitis Pediatric State Society Series Meeting

Topic: The Critical Role of Pediatric Clinicians in Achieving Best Practices in Atopic Dermatitis Assessment, Management, and Referral

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Time: 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Speaker: Stanley M. Fineman, MD, Pediatric Allergist at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic

Program Overview

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic relapsing and remitting inflammatory skin disease that affects 7.2% of adults and 12% of children. Disability and a poor quality of life (QOL) are associated with AD, particularly among patients who are suboptimally managed. Pediatricians and primary care providers (PCPs) are often the first point-of-contact for patients with AD. Data from 1996-1999 compared to 2012-2015 found that PCP visits for children and adults with AD increased 300%, yet dermatologist visits for AD decreased 17%. In children, pediatricians were the most frequently sought provider for AD.

Although PCPs and pediatricians are seeing an increase in AD cases, recent evidence shows these clinicians are lacking in their ability to accurately diagnose and assess disease severity. In a recent survey, only 29% of PCPs were able to recognize essential features and characteristic distribution of AD to support diagnosis. Another survey found a discrepancy between how physicians and patients rate AD severity, with patients focusing more on skin-related QOL outcomes and physicians focusing more on sleep disturbance. In pooled data from prior Integrity CE programs on AD targeting PCPs and pediatricians, only 46% of participants selected to assess itch, sleep, and daily life vs objective measures to determine AD severity at baseline. Early-onset AD, which develops within the first 2 years of life, occurs in 60% of children with AD. While as many as 2 out of 3 of these children will experience remission before age 11, recurrences in adolescence and early adulthood are common. Many moderate-to-severe cases of AD in adulthood often begin as early-onset disease that was suboptimally treated or miscategorized. Education to ensure clinicians are prepared to effectively diagnose and assess disease severity is therefore necessary. This series will address these educational gaps among PCPs and pediatricians, and application of the knowledge gained will improve outcomes for patients with AD.

Target Audience

This educational initiative has been designed for primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Integrate evidence-based diagnostic criteria and assessment strategies into the routine identification and evaluation of children and adults with known or suspected AD
  • Apply current guideline recommendations to the effective management of children and adults with AD
  • Review safety and efficacy data on new and emerging therapies for children and adults with AD
  • Demonstrate prompt referral of patients with AD to specialist care in accordance with guideline
    recommendations and best practices

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation
in the activity. Review full accreditation details.

Click here to RSVP for the event.