CME Outfitters Announces New CE Activity on Linking Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction to Performance Improvement in the Management of Fibromyalgia

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Launches on May 11, 2011, with live broadcast, interactive Q&A session; faculty includes top fibromyalgia and pain experts; focus on improving patient satisfaction & outcomes

CME Outfitters, LLC, an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education (CE), in co-sponsorship with USF Health, today announces a new interactive CE activity entitled Linking Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction to Performance Improvement in the Management of Fibromyalgia. The activity launches with a live broadcast on May 11, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. ET, and offers continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and more.

“Fibromyalgia is a very relevant and somewhat controversial topic among healthcare clinicians, so education is critical,” says Jan Perez, managing partner of CME Outfitters, LLC. “There is still a stigma attached to the condition by some in the medical community, so better assessment skills and an enhanced understanding of treatment options are things many clinicians need.”

Perez adds that the new educational activity focuses on diagnostic and management challenges faced by primary care clinicians, rheumatologists, pain specialists, nurses and other professionals, and helps them:

  • Recognize the stigma related to fibromyalgia and the role of the patient-provider relationship in improving diagnosis, outcomes, and patient satisfaction.
  • Implement the use of a validated assessment tool such as the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire to measure impact of symptoms, functional ability, and treatment progress.
  • Use a multimodal and multidisciplinary approach to treatment that addresses patient expectations and individualizes treatment needs.

Faculty for the program includes several expert clinician-researchers who have specific expertise in fibromyalgia, pain management, and behavioral health related to those conditions.

Daniel Clauw, MD (Moderator)
Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine, and Psychiatry
Director, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Lesley M. Arnold, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, Women's Health Research Program
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Don L. Goldenberg, MD
Chief of Rheumatology
Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA
Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Activity Details:
Live Broadcast: Wednesday, May 11, 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
"After the Show" live Q&A webcast: 1:02 p.m. ET
Taped Re-Air: 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

There is no fee to register for or participate in the program, however registration is required. There are three ways to register:
Online: Visit and click the Register for Live Webcast icon
Phone: Call 877.CME-PROS (877.263.7767)
Fax: Visit, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 614.929.3600

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, certified case managers, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in fibromyalgia.

Financial Support:
Supported by an educational grant from Forest Research Institute, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Forest Laboratories Inc.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly USA, LLC. For further information concerning Lilly grant funding, visit
Supported by an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.

Credit Information:
This activity offers CE credit for:

  • Physicians (CME)
  • Nurses (CNE)
  • Pharmacists (ACPE)
  • Psychologists (APA)
  • Social Workers (NASW)
  • Certified Case Managers (CCMC)

All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.

CME Credit (Physicians): USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Expiration Date: Friday, May 11, 2012

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online at (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required).

Faculty Disclosure:
USF Health and CME Outfitters, LLC, adhere to the ACCME Standards, as well as those of the ACPE, APA, and ANCC, regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health and CME Outfitters, LLC, that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved, and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure is presented to the learner prior to registration at

About CME Outfitters, LLC:
CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete list of certified activities and more information, visit or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME: is an award-winning web portal serving clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, fills an identified gap in online resources for professionals around the world who practice in areas related to psychiatry, sleep disorders, addiction and substance abuse, ADHD, and other areas related to brain function. The site's primary mission is to be a central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing, and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences. Visit to learn more.

About USF Health (University of South Florida):
USF Health produces educational activities that are scientifically valid, free of commercial bias, and based on the principles of adult learning. These activities are developed around specific needs related to gaps in competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes, and, whenever possible, offer education delivered in settings best suited to the intended results.

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