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ARHP launches cutting-edge, performance improvement CME program



ARHP’s new PI CME program focuses on improving the detection and treatment of fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points in the body.

For Immediate Release
January 3,  2011

WASHINGTON, DC— The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), representing more than 12,000 reproductive health care providers, researchers, and educators, is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative performance improvement CME (PI CME) program on fibromyalgia. PI CME is considered the gold standard for educating health care providers and impacting change in practice. A performance improvement program is a structured educational activity in which providers retroactively assess their clinical practice, identify areas for improvement, implement interventions from evidence-based standards, and reevaluate their practice to assess the improvements made. The process is intensive and requires an ongoing commitment of time from participants. The web-based PI CME program is being offered at no cost to providers and participants completing the program will earn 20 hours of CE credit.

ARHP’s new PI CME program focuses on improving the detection and treatment of fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points in the body. Fibromyalgia was chosen as ARHP’s first PI CME topic since ARHP members are the frontline providers who can pick up symptoms early and hasten treatment for patients suffering with fibromyalgia. Ninety percent of the 3-6 million Americans coping with this debilitating syndrome annually are women. Although its etiology is unknown, women are more at risk for developing fibromyalgia particularly during their reproductive and early menopausal years. This practice-based initiative offers providers an opportunity to identify, implement, and evaluate improvements in their practice that will positively impact quality of life for their patients with fibromyalgia.

“ARHP has long been a leader and an innovator in the field of medical education,” said Ellen Cohen, CertEd, DipEd, CCMEP, ARHP Director of Education. “We are proud to offer this pioneering online PI CME program on such a critical health topic to providers. This activity promises to be the first of many performance improvement CME programs from ARHP.”



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The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. To learn more, visit: http://www.arhp.org.