Elizabeth L. Maloney, MD
Education Co-director, Invisible International
In the first study of its kind, two Lyme disease experts gathered data on a question frequently asked by tick-borne disease patients: Why is it so hard to find a Lyme-treating physician, when the need is so great? There are 476,000 new Lyme cases annually, reported from all 50 states, per the CDC. This course answers these questions based on data from a survey of 155 clinicians from 30 states who treat Lyme patients. The study’s goal was to identify the problems that clinicians face when treating these patients, a first step to overcoming these obstacles.
- Understand the inadequacies of current treatment related to persistent symptoms in 44% of the patients presenting with erythema migrans rash
- List three barriers to treatment physicians face when working to help Lyme patients
- List three reasons physicians report as a cause of diagnostic delays in patients with Lyme disease
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Evidence-based bibliography for further study
Johnson LB, Maloney EL. Access to Care in Lyme Disease: Clinician Barriers to Providing Care. Healthcare. 2022; 10(10):1882. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10101882
Aucott JN, Yang T, Yoon I, Powell D, Geller SA, Rebman AW. Risk of post-treatment Lyme disease in patients with ideally-treated early Lyme disease: A prospective cohort study. Int J Infect Dis. 2022 Mar;116:230-237. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2022.01.033. Epub 2022 Jan 21. PMID: 35066160.