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NAFLD Disease State Knowledge Base. How Far Must We Traverse to Update and Educate the Medical Community.

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Isabelle Crotsley
Keianna Hawthorne

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Recent alarming increase of medical concerns, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), have been correlated to the medical condition of obesity. Primary care providers (PCP) play a role in not only identifying risk factors associated with medical conditions but also in being knowledgeable of these risk factors. A cross-sectional survey, still on going, is being used to evaluate PCPs along the west coast of Florida base knowledge of NAFLD that practice in the field of family practice, internal medicine, and mid-level providers. To pinpoint where discrepancies in knowledge exist and what future educational efforts regarding NAFLD may need to be considered. The questionnaire contains three categories: general NAFLD information, diagnostic acumen, and disease state outcomes. With an ongoing comparison graph of the PCPs years practicing to their raw score on the questionnaire. The results revealed a deficiency in general knowledge regarding NAFLD; with 11.1% of correctness for general NAFLD information section, 44.4% for Diagnostic Acumen, and 29.6% for disease state outcomes. Among the disparities in answered correct, each provider was able to acknowledge genetics predispose a patient to develop NAFLD. The results demonstrate a need for educational commitment towards NAFLD to reduce the discrepancies that exist when understanding the disease process of NAFLD.

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NAFLD Disease State Knowledge Base. How Far Must We Traverse to Update and Educate the Medical Community.

Recent alarming increase of medical concerns, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), have been correlated to the medical condition of obesity. Primary care providers (PCP) play a role in not only identifying risk factors associated with medical conditions but also in being knowledgeable of these risk factors. A cross-sectional survey, still on going, is being used to evaluate PCPs along the west coast of Florida base knowledge of NAFLD that practice in the field of family practice, internal medicine, and mid-level providers. To pinpoint where discrepancies in knowledge exist and what future educational efforts regarding NAFLD may need to be considered. The questionnaire contains three categories: general NAFLD information, diagnostic acumen, and disease state outcomes. With an ongoing comparison graph of the PCPs years practicing to their raw score on the questionnaire. The results revealed a deficiency in general knowledge regarding NAFLD; with 11.1% of correctness for general NAFLD information section, 44.4% for Diagnostic Acumen, and 29.6% for disease state outcomes. Among the disparities in answered correct, each provider was able to acknowledge genetics predispose a patient to develop NAFLD. The results demonstrate a need for educational commitment towards NAFLD to reduce the discrepancies that exist when understanding the disease process of NAFLD.