Navigating the Care of Patients with Chronic Illnesses: An Education StationTM Activity

Program Overview

Recent trends in medical management highlight the fact that there is an increasing need for primary care clinicians to play a bigger role in the daily management of chronic diseases that were traditionally treated by specialists. However, primary care clinicians are often not appropriately equipped to effectively manage patients with these conditions, as they are either not up-to-date with the guideline recommendations, not familiar with the need for individualization of management to suit each patients' characteristics, rushed due to the high volume of patients that they have to see and do not have enough time to fully evaluate the presence of subtle symptoms, do not take full advantage of collaborating with other professionals, or are fearful of managing potential side-effects of therapies. These physician-and process-related barriers often lead to improper/inadequate management of patients. As some of these barriers relate to specific disease states that are consistently undermanaged, this Education StationTM activity will deal with the following disease states: benign prostatic hyperplasia, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, and hypogonadism. Primary care physicians frequently encounter these chronic conditions and are expected to manage them routinely in daily practice. Tools, techniques, and strategies to overcome the barriers to effective management of all of these chronic conditions will be discussed in this Education StationTM activity. It will begin with an overview of the 5 conditions; subsequently, the participants will break into 5 stations with approximately 50 participants/station. The participants will then rotate through each of the 5 stations which specifically address one of the 5 chronic conditions. In each of the stations, the expert faculty will give a short presentation to stimulate group discussion. Finally, the program will conclude with closing remarks from the chair faculty followed by a question and answer session.


Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Prescribe a guideline-recommended LUTS/BPH management strategy including diagnostic testing and therapeutic regimens
  2. Utilize novel therapies to effectively manage patients with LUTS/BPH while minimizing their side effects
  3. Utilize assessment tools and clinical interviewing to improve screening and diagnosis of depression
  4. Manage patients with MDD effectively by selecting appropriate treatment modalities and by monitoring adherence to antidepressant medication for optimal duration
  5. Perform screening and assessment adequately and appropriately to better manage patients with chronic pain
  6. Utilize neuromodulatory analgesics in multimodal chronic pain management regimens based on efficacy and safety data from clinical trials
  7. Manage patients with diabetes effectively by adhering to guideline recommendations regarding A1C monitoring and therapy intensification
  8. Collaborate with other professionals to educate patients and help overcome patient-related barriers to adherence to therapy
  9. Utilize tools and techniques to identify men with hypogonadism
  10. Manage hypogonadism by selecting appropriate testosterone supplement delivery methods consistent with guideline recommendations to improve adherence and outcome




Registration/International Cuisine


Welcome and Introduction

Daniel E. Diamond, MD, FAAFP, Activity Chair


Station Stops (25 minutes each)

Berlin · BPH

  • Diagnosis and Therapeutic Options
  • Novel Pharmacotherapies

Richard E. Payne, MD

Madrid · Chronic Pain

  • Screening and Assessment
  • Neuromodulatory Analgesics

Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH

Milan · Depression

  • Screening and Diagnosis
  • Optimal Management

Daniel E. Diamond, MD, FAAFP

Paris · Diabetes

  • Timely and Appropriate Management
  • Collaboration in Diabetes Care

Anne Peters, MD, FACP, CDE

Vienna · Hypogonadism

  • Screening and Diagnosis
  • Optimal Testosterone Supplement Modalities

Richard Sadovsky, MD


Closing Remarks

Daniel E. Diamond, MD, FAAFP


Question and Answer Session

All Faculty


Activity Adjournment

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with chronic illnesses.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and ACCELMED. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (ie, physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Kim Carter, CMP, CMM prior to the live event at (866) 429-5341.

Fee Information

There is no registration fee for attending this symposium; however, seating is limited. Preregistration does not guarantee seating. We recommend arriving at the symposium location early.

Additional program details and logistical information will be sent to all participants in a registration confirmation.

This event is not a part of the official AAFP Scientific Assembly.