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Post-stroke Spasticity Diagnosis and Management—A Case-based CME Initiative

A Grand Rounds Program

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Program Overview
Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term adult disability, affecting approximately 795,000 people each year in the U.S. Two-thirds of stroke survivors struggle with moderate to severe disability. One of the most physically debilitating disabilities is spasticity, or uncontrolled muscle tightness, often accompanied by pain and reduced function. Spasticity affects up to 38 percent of stroke survivors and significantly impacts stroke survivors’ quality of life and the burden on caregivers.

The Post-stroke Spasticity Diagnosis and Management—A Case-based CME Initiative grand rounds program will provide learners with current evidence on accurate assessment of spasticity with appropriate treatment and management through a series of case vignettes.

Purpose Statement
The purpose of this program is to educate learners on the diagnosis, treatment and management of post-stroke spasticity through real-life scenarios they may encounter in their clinical settings.

Proposed Agenda

  • Incidence and impact
  • Update on diagnosis and assessment
  • Update on treatment
  • Case studies
  • Questions and answers

Goals and Learning Objectives
The goal of the Post-stroke Spasticity Diagnosis and Management—A Case-based CME Initiative grand rounds activity is to increase clinician knowledge and competence in diagnosing and managing post-stroke spasticity consistent with the latest evidence. Through participation in this initiative, learners should be able to:

  • Discuss the functional impact of post-stroke spasticity on recovery and rehabilitation
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge to diagnose and assess post-stroke spasticity in real-life case vignettes
  • Identify evidence-based management strategies for post-stroke spasticity using case vignettes
  • Describe how to incorporate new knowledge and expertise around diagnosis and management of post-stroke spasticity into their respective clinical practice.

Target Audience
The target audience for the Post-stroke Spasticity Diagnosis and Management—A Case-based CME Initiative grand rounds activity includes physicians specializing in stroke rehabilitation, rehabilitation nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and recreational therapists. These activities will also be relevant for others who work with stroke patients, including social workers, counselors, therapy assistants and students.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Medical Education Resources (MER) and National Stroke Association. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Medical Education Resources designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Accreditation
Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CE activity provides 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education. 

Medical Education Resources is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299, for 1 contact hour.

For questions regarding this activity, please contact Medical Education Resources at info@cmepartner.org or National Stroke Association at vsiebert-thomas@stroke.org.

Authoring Faculty
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Baltimore, Md.


Mitchell H. Paulin, MD
Director, Center for Tone Management
Rehabilitation Associates of the Main Line
Paoli, Pa.

Disclosure of Faculty’s Commercial Relationship(s)
MER ensures balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. 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 CME activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not the business interest of a commercial interest.

The activity is supported by an educational grant from Allergan, Inc. and Medtronic, Inc.

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