Virtual Patients: Is Allergen Immunotherapy the Right Choice for Your Patient?
In these patient simulations, you will assess the appropriateness of allergen immunotherapy (AIT) for patients with particular health characteristics. Using evidence from the literature, you will determine if it is likely that immunotherapy will be safe and effective in various clinical scenarios. In some cases, you may need to help your patients gain control of other symptoms before starting AIT. You will differentiate the appropriateness of subcutaneous versus sublingual immunotherapy (SCIT versus SLIT) based on patient’s clinical characteristics and test results, and in patients who are not appropriate candidates for immunotherapy, you will have the opportunity to prescribe alternative treatment.
Making IT Count is funded through an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.
- Allied Health Professionals
Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:
- Select patients for immunotherapy based on clinical presentation, co-morbid medical conditions and other patient-specific considerations, and allergy skin test findings in accordance with best practices covered in the literature
- Determine whether SCIT or SLIT is most appropriate based on patient characteristics and test results
- Develop strategies to decrease the risk of adverse outcomes if SCIT or SLIT is given to patients for whom safety concerns may be present
Tolly Epstein, MD FAAAAI
University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and Allergy Partners of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
Relevant relationships: None
Peter S. Creticos, MD FAAAAI
Creticos Research Group & Clinical Practice, Crownsville, MD
Relevant relationships: ASIT, Circassia, Allergy Therapeutics, Greer, Benevolent: Consultant
CME Committee Reviewers
Maria Crain, RN MA CPNP
Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX
Relevant relationships: None
Karen L. Gregory, DNP APRN-BC RRT AE-C
Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic/Georgetown University School of Nursing, Oklahoma City, OK
Relevant relationships: MEDA, Novartis: Speaker
Thomas P. Miller, MD FAAAAI
Allergy Associates of Western Michigan, Grandville, MI
Relevant relationships: Teva Mylan
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Original release date: February 12, 2018. Valid for credit through February 11, 2020.
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