Target Audience:

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists and other healthcare providers involved in the care of patients with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC).

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate symptoms of CIC from those of other common overlapping conditions, recognizing alarm symptoms that require further diagnostic investigation
  • Differentiate among medical therapies for CIC regarding pharmacology, efficacy, safety, and tolerability
  • Incorporate evidence-based treatments for CIC effectively into clinical practice

This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and the GI Health Foundation, Inc.

Supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of Medical Education Resources to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

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Welcome, Introductions, and Objectives

Recognizing CIC in the Real World

Discussion to include overview of CIC, its impact, key diagnostic considerations, and identifing patients to refer for futher workup

Managing CIC in the Clinic

Discussion to highlight current evidence base regarding conventional and newer therapies, as well as practical use recomendations

Panel Discussions, Q&A, and
Closing Remarks

Amy Kassebaum-Ladewski, PA

Amy Kassebaum-Ladewski is a physician assistant in the Department of Digestive Health at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in functional bowel and neurogastromotility disorders, in addition to managing general GI patients. With a background as a registered dietitian, she prioritizes nutrition therapy with her GI patients. She currently serves as the vice president of GHAPP, with a mission to educate and advance the careers of GI APPs.

Speaker Disclosures

Consultant: Alfasigma USA, Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals

Speakers' Bureau: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals

Kimberly Orleck, PA

Kimberly Orleck is a physician assistant with Atlanta Gastroenterol-ogy Associates, part of United Digestive. She treats all types of GI disorders but has a special interest in IBD and functional bowel dis-orders. In addition to her clinical practice, she is the lead APP for their 55 APPs. She is also on ACG's APP committee, serves as the education chair for GHAPP, and holds a part-time faculty position in Emory's PA program.

Speaker Disclosures

Consultant: AbbVie Inc., Janssen Biotech, Inc., Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Salix Pharmaceuticals
Speakers' Bureau: AbbVie Inc., Janssen Biotech, Inc.