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 need for and value of patient education in the NASH Patient Care process. It starts with almost a tangential request that some of the money budgeted for expensive systemic HCC therapies in the UK be rededicated to patient education earlier in the treatment process. From there, the conversation shifts to consider the value of the need for early-stage treatment strategies in poorer countries that are never likely to be able to afford the expense of drugs or treatment modalities. In the end, each panelist describes a change she would like to see in the next 2-3 years.
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