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Navigating the Complexities of Chronic Cough Diagnosis and Management

Premiere Date: Monday, October 18, 2021

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. ABIM (MOC)
  2. Medicine (accme)
  3. Nursing (ANCC)
  4. Pharmacy (acpe)
  5. PA (aapa)
  6. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Credit Expiration Date:
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Peter Dicpinigaitis, MDPeter Dicpinigaitis, MD 
Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Division of Critical Care Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center
Director, Montefiore Cough Center
Editor-in-Chief, LUNG
Montefiore Medical Center - Einstein Division
Bronx, NY

Statement of Need

Chronic cough is a “diagnosis of exclusion”, and the journey for patients with this frustrating condition is typically long and circuitous, requiring multiple HCP visits, a variety of diagnostic tests, and oftentimes empiric therapy to rule out possible underlying causes. As cough is one of the most common reasons for primary care visits and subsequent secondary care, it is necessary for clinicians to stay current on how to accurately identify and efficiently manage this condition.

An interactive infographic will present a challenging patient case that illustrates the different diagnostic and therapeutic pathways that are often followed by clinicians seeking to provide relief for patients with chronic cough. An expert in chronic cough from one of the few dedicated cough centers in the United States provides practical advice and supporting evidence to arrive at a correct diagnosis earlier, including how to avoid common pitfalls in diagnosis. Information in the context of patient care will include implementation of current therapies and discussion of new treatment modalities on the horizon.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the burden of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed chronic cough on patients and health care systems.
  • Evaluate current evidence-based strategies for identifying and managing chronic cough.
  • Summarize emerging treatments for chronic cough.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc.

Target Audience

Physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists

Credit Information

ABIM MOC Credit:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points 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.

Royal College MOC:
Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Dr. Dicpinigaitis reports that he is a consultant for Bayer; Bellus Health Inc.; Merck & Co., Inc.; and Shionogi Inc.

S. Michelle Franks, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Jeffrey Helfand DO (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Warren Beckman (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Julie Strickland, PharmD (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Evan Luberger (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.

CME Outfitters, LLC and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

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