Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten intolerance, is a malabsorption syndrome caused by an immune reaction to dietary gluten. About 1 out of 133 Americans has celiac disease. A recent epidemiological study reported that the incidence of celiac disease has increased over the past three decades and that the disease continues to be underdiagnosed. Advances in recognizing its multisystem effects and new diagnostic tests have led to the realization that celiac disease is a common systemic condition that can occur at any age. If it’s not appropriately diagnosed and managed, it can produce serious health problems. With knowledge about the risk factors for the disease and its clinical presentation, healthcare professionals as a team can help prevent those problems.
The goal of this program is to provide nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physicians, paramedics and EMTs with information about celiac disease, including risk factors, clinical presentation, diagnostic methods and treatment options. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Discuss the risk factors and clinical presentation of celiac disease
- Identify methods of diagnosing celiac disease
- Explain treatment strategies for people with celiac disease
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Domain of OT: Client Factors
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, health educators, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physicians, paramedics and EMTs.
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OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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