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Mayo Clinic, along with the support of the ASU ECHO team, aims to effectively improve the capacity of clinicians treating liver disease throughout Arizona to improve patient outcomes.
Access to information surrounding liver disease is rare in our region. Excluding liver transplant centers, the majority of patients receive care from a doctor without the proper knowledge or expertise of liver disease. Patients living further from a specialized liver disease center are at a higher risk of death than those that are a closer to the expert care and studies show that a physician with hepatology training is able to provide better treatment as well as care to a liver disease patient. Integrating the care of liver disease patients into the primary care setting will not only reduce the burden on the specialists, but will allow for better access to improved care for those that are unable to travel to their closest tertiary care provider.
Program curriculum will be delivered at no cost and through the case-based learning model that is presented through Project ECHO. The system will provide an opportunity for medical providers to earn CME credit for participation in the pursuit of knowledge from specialized liver disease care experts. Additionally, providers will become part of a learning network that will provide continued education and access to clinical support and resources to effectively manage liver disease patients in the primary care setting.