CME Outfitters Announces neuroscienceCME Live Broadcast: "The Complexities of Managing Patients with Sleep-Wake Disorders: The Need to Treat the Whole Patient"

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Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, September 2, 2009, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the continuing education activity will enable participants to identify and accurately diagnose sleep-wake disorders and improve the continuum of care between primary care and sleep specialists

CME Outfitters, LLC, an award-winning independent accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing medical education and related healthcare communications services, is pleased to announce an upcoming interactive, evidence-based neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand continuing education activity titled "The Complexities of Managing Patients with Sleep-Wake Disorders: The Need to Treat the Whole Patient."

Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, September 2, 2009, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will enable participants to identify and accurately diagnose sleep-wake disorders and improve the continuum of care between primary care and sleep specialists. This activity also includes a special "After the Show" segment from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. ET during which the faculty answers additional audience questions in an informal Q&A session. The recorded webcast will re-air from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET. This CE activity will also be available on demand as a webcast, podcast, and telephone audioconference shortly after the broadcast premiere.

There is no fee to participate or receive CE credit for this activity; however, registration is required. Three forms of registration are accepted:
Online: Visit the activity details page at and click the Register for Live Webcast icon.
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).
Fax: Visit the activity details page at, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 240.243.1033.

Statement of Need:
Patients with sleep-wake disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and circadian rhythm sleep disorders, such as shift work disorder and jet lag disorder, are complex in their presentation and pose significant therapeutic challenges. Sleep-wake disorder patients often present with the symptom of excessive sleepiness and although highly prevalent and detrimental to the patient, society, and the healthcare system, excessive sleepiness remains under-recognized as well as not appropriately managed. Both patients and physicians often view sleepiness as a normal phenomenon; patients may not mention it, and if they do, physicians may not view it as a serious symptom in need of further attention. In part, the difficulty may arise from the fact that patients often do not complain of excessive sleepiness but instead may use terms like fatigue, tired, and lack of energy that may not raise clinical concern or may lead to misdiagnosis (e.g., depression) and inappropriate treatment. In some cases, patients may report problems with their memory or concentration, or automobile crashes. In fact, patients often do not mention anything at all unless some consequence has ensued, like an automobile crash. In this neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand activity, the expert faculty will examine the challenges of sleep-wake disorders from the primary care and sleep specialist perspective with the goal of providing tools for improved recognition, assessment, and coordinated care of the whole patient.

Thomas Roth, PhD
Director, Sleep Disorders and Research Center
Henry Ford Hospital
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of Michigan School of Medicine
Detroit, MI

Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH
Professor and Chairman
Department of Family Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Chief of Family Medicine
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Associate Director, Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Increase the percentage of patient visits during which sleep patterns are evaluated with a screening tool to improve the recognition of sleep-wake disorder symptoms.
  • Utilize diagnostic tools and instruments to improve the accuracy of differential diagnosis of comorbid sleep-wake disorders including obstructive sleep apnea and circadian rhythm sleep disorders such as shift work sleep disorder and jet lag disorder in patients.
  • Integrate a local network of primary care providers and sleep specialists into patient care to improve ongoing communication among providers regarding the overall management of patients with sleep-wake disorders.

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified case managers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals interested in sleep-wake medicine.

Financial Support:
CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an independent educational grant from Cephalon, Inc., in support of this CE activity.

Credit Information:
This activity offers CE credit for:

  • Physicians (ACCME/AMA PRA Category 1)
  • 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.
Credit Expiration Date: Thursday, September 2, 2010

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Activities tab--requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required). Otherwise, participants should fully complete and return both the credit request form and activity evaluation located within the course guide for this activity. A certificate or statement of credit will be mailed within 4-6 weeks to all who successfully complete these requirements.

About CME Outfitters:
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 catalog of certified activities, please visit,, or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME: is the award-winning web portal serving clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, was custom designed to fill an identified gap in online resources for professionals around the world who are practicing 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 the professional's central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing, and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences. Clinical Compass™, a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by CME Outfitters, is a convenient way to stay informed of all neuroscienceCME news and information. To subscribe, visit and click on "Subscribe to Clinical Compass™."

About neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand:
neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand is a one-hour, live, interactive CE activity offering cutting-edge insights from national experts and clinicians to physicians and healthcare providers in their home, office, or healthcare setting. Utilizing multiple levels of technology (webcast, satellite, and telephone), the panel discussion encourages interaction, reviews real-world scenarios, and shares best practices to improve patient care. An extended 30-minute "After the Show" segment has the faculty remain on the set to answer additional participant questions, address challenging cases, and focus on providing tools for clinicians to improve their practice. Live web-based instant polling allows participants an additional opportunity to provide real-time feedback regarding issues clinicians face in practice. CE certificates are available to participants at upon completion of each activity. Special Archive Drive dates following the premiere date target registrants who were unable to attend. On demand webcasts and podcasts are available at for one year after the premiere date. Podcasts are also available in the Science & Medicine directory of iTunes.

Contact: Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
240.243.1308 direct
240.243.1033 fax


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