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Restless legs syndrome - IAFP.com

Restless legs syndrome - IAFP.com

Restless legs syndrome -

RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME: Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies for the Primary Care Provider Consensus Recommendations From an Expert Panel Vol 5(2): May 2004 CME Overview Learning Objectives Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: ✦ Elicit pertinent information that can aid in diagnosis of restless legs syndrome (RLS) when taking a patient’s history. ✦ Diagnose RLS using the 4 essential diagnostic criteria. ✦ Appropriately prescribe and titrate pharmacologic agents to treat RLS based on efficacy and tolerability profiles. ✦ Implement nonpharmacologic strategies to manage RLS. ✦ Seek referral to or consultation with a specialist in appropriate RLS cases. ✦ Educate patients on RLS and provide sources for additional information. Credit Designation Scienta Healthcare Education ® designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity. Expiration: December 31, 2005. This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.5 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. 1.5 of these credits conform to AAFP criteria for evidence-based CME clinical content. Term of approval is for one year from beginning distribution date of May 15, 2004 with option for yearly renewal. When reporting CME credit, AAFP members should report total Prescribed and Elective credit earned for this activity. It is not necessary for members to label credit as evidence-based CME Prescribed or Elective for CME reporting purposes. Accreditation Scienta Healthcare Education ® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Sponsorship Cosponsored by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians/Family Practice Education Network and Scienta Healthcare Education ® . EXPERT PANEL Charles Adler, MD, PhD Professor of Neurology Chair, Division of Movement Disorders Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale Scottsdale, AZ Richard Allen, PhD Research Associate Department of Neurology Founder, Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Baltimore, MD Introduction W. Lane Edwards, Jr, MSN, ARNP, ANP Nurse Practitioner, Internal Medicine Lee Physician Group Lee Memorial Health System Fort Myers, FL Mary P. Ettari, MPH, PA-C Certified Physician Assistant Medical Partners of Martin County Stuart, FL William G. Ondo, MD Associate Professor Department of Neurology Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX RLS is a clinically significant movement disorder that commonly presents to the primary care provider as a sleep disturbance. Although the disease was first characterized more than 60 years ago, current understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of RLS is based largely on research conducted within the past decade. 1 The first clinical guidelines for treatment of RLS were published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 1999. 2 In 2000, the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research and Office of Prevention, Education, and Control of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute published guidelines for the management of RLS in the primary care Penny Tenzer, MD Vice Chair and Residency Program Director Department of Family Medicine and Community Health University of Miami School of Medicine Miami, FL Ray Watts, MD Professor and Chair Department of Neurology University of Alabama School of Medicine Birmingham, AL

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