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METABOLIC SYNDROME TIME TOOL FOR NURSES LAUNCH PAGE
A Resource from the American College of Preventive Medicine

NEEDS STATEMENT
There is debate over the clinical utility of the Metabolic Syndrome (MetS), in particular, whether the combination of metabolic risk factors that defines it actually adds value to traditional cardiovascular risk assessment. Debate also revolves around its pathogenesis because it is not completely understood. The risk of uncertainty is a diminishing perception of value. But there are some undeniable certainties about the MetS. It is inseparable from the obesity epidemic. As obesity increases, so does the MetS. Two out of three adults are overweight or obese, and half of them have the MetS. And it is being seen at younger and younger ages. The MetS is vitally important to recognize and address in primary care because it identifies those whose excess weight poses the greatest health risk. Having the syndrome makes Type 2 diabetes nearly inevitable without intervention, and it doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease. There is no debate over the need to take the MetS seriously. It is a lifestyle disease, caused by a lifestyle of too much food and too little activity. It provides a red flag for clinicians and patients that lifestyle changes are needed now. If it is ignored, it will progress toward diabetes and heart disease. The statistics are alarming, but the consequences of inaction are much more alarming.

The Metabolic Syndrome Time Tool developed by the American College of Preventive Medicine is an innovative educational tool designed to assist the physician in a brief consult on the Metabolic Syndrome. It will increase awareness, provide education, and offer the guidance of the best evidence and guidelines in the delivery of an effective intervention. The tool includes an executive summary of the evidence and a practical approach to delivering the needed services to patients in the context of a clinical visit. It is complemented by a robust clinical reference document delineating the epidemiology, the clinical evidence, recommendations by various professional and government entities, and additional resources.

TARGET AUDIENCE
This educational activity is intended for nurse practitioners.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
After completing this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the Metabolic Syndrome in the clinical setting
  • Describe the etiology of fat cell expansion and development of insulin resistance
  • Discuss the health risks that are caused and/or exacerbated by the syndrome
  • Explain why lifestyle modification is the first line approach to treatment, and the changes needed to reverse the syndrome
  • Understand the basics of the Chronic Care Model and how it can be used to change the organization of the practice


ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
This continuing nursing education (CNE) activity was approved by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

The American College of Preventive Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 credit.

The estimated time to complete this activity is 1.0 hour.

To earn CNE credit for this educational activity:

  1. Read the CNE information on this page.
  2. Read the Time Tool and Clinical Reference.
  3. Complete the CNE post-test exam with a score of at least 70%.
  4. Complete the CNE evaluation survey.
  5. Your CNE certificate will be sent to you via email.


TERM OF APPROVAL

September 2010 through August 2012. Original release date: September 2010


PEER REVIEW

These materials have been reviewed by the following nurse practitioners to ensure the continued scientific accuracy and medical relevance of information presented and its independence from commercial bias.

  • Kim Jones, RN
    Procter and Gamble
  • Brenda Tocket, RN
    Procter and Gamble


DISCLOSURE

In the interest of providing an educational experience free of commercial bias the American College of Preventive Medicine was responsible for decisions regarding educational content and allocation of funds. All individuals involved in the planning, development, and delivery of educational activities are required to sign a conflict of interest statement in which they disclose any relevant financial interests or other affiliations with industry or other associations which may have direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the CNE activity. Such disclosure allows program participants to better evaluate the objectivity of the information presented in the program.

  • Larry Mattson, Medical Writer, has disclosed no financial relationships.

  • Kim Jones, RN, has disclosed no financial relationships.

  • Brenda Tocket, RN, has disclosed no financial relationships.

  • Jennifer Edwards, ACPM staff, has disclosed no financial relationships.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SUPPORT

This ACPM Time Tools series has been funded through an unrestricted educational grant provided by MDVIP.


CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have questions regarding this CNE activity, please contact Jennifer Edwards at jedwards@acpm.org.

 

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