Activity Details

.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™/
MOC point(s)
Released: December 18, 2018
Expires: December 17, 2019
45 minutes to complete

Accredited By

Target Audience

This educational initiative is intended for primary care clinicians who care for adult patients with SLE.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe key evidence-based strategies for diagnosing SLE.
  2. Utilize effective strategies to assess and co-manage patients with SLE over time.
  3. Summarize key aspects of established treatments for SLE.
  4. Monitor the patient for treatment side effects.
  5. Formulate a plan for communication with patients about SLE and its treatment, including methods for facilitating treatment adherence.

Activity Description

Autoimmune diseases are difficult to diagnose. Lupus, in particular, is complicated as its symptoms are common to a variety of other conditions. Diagnosing lupus with any degree of accuracy can be challenging and costly. This activity will orient the primary care provider on how to accurately diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), further providing guidance on management strategies and doctor-patient communication, specifically with the goal of increasing treatment adherence in patients.


  1. Recognizing SLE: Primary Care Approach to Diagnostic Criteria
    How to recognize the condition based on ACR criteria.
  2. Assessing a Moving Target: SLE Evaluation Over Time
    Signs of disease progression; when to recommend further evaluation.
  3. Answering the “Whats” and “Whens” of Management
    Understanding treatment options, facilitating specialist consultation, and monitoring for treatment side effects.
  4. Keeping the Lines Open: Practical Strategies for Communication and Facilitating Adherence
    What are effective communication techniques (eg, AHRQ’s “Teach Back” method, particular phrasing for adherence-related questions, encouraging patient-generated questions) that can address sensitive or challenging issues? Applying practical patient-centered approaches as a means to facilitate treatment adherence.


Louis Kuritzky, MD
Louis Kuritzky, MD
Content Creator and Activity Presenter
Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus
Department of Community Health and Family Medicine
University of Florida, Gainesville
Gainesville, Florida

Louis Kurtizky, MD, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Daniel J. Wallace, MD, FACP, MACR
Daniel J. Wallace, MD, FACP, MACR
Content Creator
Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Board of Governors, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
David Geffen School of Medicine Center at UCLA
In affiliation with Attune Health
Los Angeles, California

Daniel J. Wallace, MD, FACP, MACR, has served as an advisor for Amgen, EMD Serono, Celgene, Merck, Lilly.

MOC Reviewer

Richard Sadovsky, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
SUNY-Downstate Medical center

Richard Sadovsky, MD, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The France Foundation requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The France Foundation resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. Furthermore, The France Foundation seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. The France Foundation is committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The France Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .75 MOC point(s) in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC point(s) equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. Aggregate participant data will be shared with commercial supporters of this activity.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

  • There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  • Review the activity objectives and CME/CE information.
  • Complete the CME/CE activity.
  • Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  • Complete the CME/CE evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  • Credit documentation/reporting:
    • If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or a certificate of participation—your CME/CE certificate will be available for download.
    • If you are requesting MOC credit, your MOC points will be submitted electronically to the ACCME, which will register data and notify certifying boards.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

Disclaimer Statement/Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The France Foundation requires CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. The France Foundation does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

Contact Information for Questions about the Activity

If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact The France Foundation at 860-434-1650 or

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