A Clinical Guide to Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses

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Overview / Abstract:

Establishing a Lyme disease diagnosis remains a considerable challenge, as many symptoms are nonspecific and there are currently no definitive diagnostic tests available. This represents a significant clinical problem, as the number of Lyme disease cases in the U.S. is steadily increasing. This activity presents and discusses recent advances in the management of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

This activity has been designed to improve participants’ ability to recognize, diagnose, and treat Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Define Lyme disease
- Explain the epidemiology of Lyme disease
- Describe the various stages of Lyme disease
- Recognize the system-specific symptoms of Lyme disease
- Discuss the diagnostic challenges associated with tick-borne illnesses
- List the common co-infections in patients presenting with Lyme disease
- Explain the routine recommendations for testing and treatment of Lyme disease, and co-infections, based on the current guidelines

Target Audience
This activity is intended to meet the educational needs of primary care providers—physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs)—involved in the care and treatment of patients who are at risk for tick-borne diseases.


Jan 31, 2020


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME



Credits / Hours

Joint Accreditation Statement: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RedMedEd. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Credit Statements Physician Continuing Medical Education The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Continuing Nursing Education The maximum number of hours awarded for this continuing nursing education activity is 1.1 contact hours. Designated for 0.2 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for advanced practice registered nurses.



Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Charles Y. Chiu, MD, PhD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Medicine/Infectious Diseases
Associate Director, University of California San Francisco Microbiology Laboratory
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Elena Frid, MD, ABPN, ABCN
Board Certified Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist
New York, New York

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Education / Teaching, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

This activity is not supported by educational grants.

Keywords / Search Terms

RedMedEd Lyme, Lyme disease, diagnosis, diagnostic tests, tick-borne illnesses, tick-borne, RedMedEd, Global Lyme Alliance, Delaware, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, PIM, epidemiology, stages of Lyme disease, symptoms of Lyme disease, challenges associated with tick-borne illnesses, co-infections, Free, Free CME, Free CNE, CME, CNE Free CE CME

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