S4-37.3 – NASH Patient Education: Liver Nurses’ Roles

S4-37.3 - NASH Patient Education: Liver Nurses’ Roles
As efficacious NASH drugs near the market, what steps can we take to ensure that patients receive treatment early enough in the course of therapy?

SurfingNASH is offering something different for Season 4, Episode 37 while the co-hosts are off enjoying a well-deserved holiday amid a busy year. Rather than leaving a gap in the podcast’s program, this week we are revisiting an episode From the Vault that, now more than ever, maintains its relevance.

As the field grapples with new nomenclature for liver disease and the imminence of therapeutic approvals, education and educational resources are critically needed. This session, led by Louise Campbell, focuses on the roles that allied health can play in prevention, early stage management and clinical trial recruitment for NAFLD/NASH. Allied health is our primary interface for the education and support within the clinical setting of patients with any disease. Allied health professionals are a vastly experienced resource supporting both physicians and patients in the delivery of care and efficacy. Stephen Harrison also joins Louise and guest panelists (Kathryn Jack, Michele Clayton, Pam O’Donoghue and Patrizia Kunzler) to consider the many ways that liver nurses and advanced nursing practitioners can do more to support NASH education and patient management and where they should fit into the paradigm. This conversation explores the different challenges that liver nurses and advanced practitioners face when providing NASH patient education. It starts with Stephen noting that this weeks’ reported results from Madrigal’s MAESTRO-NAFLD Phase 3 trial promises a day when we can reduce HCC and cirrhosis if we can counsel patients early enough in the process. From there, the conversation shifts to consider the different specialties that can play a role, including not only hepatologists and nurses but also podiatrists, bariatricians, endocrinologists, and gynecologists. The rest of the conversation covers an array of prospective educational tools and the need for specific education that hits specific key points.

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