Long-acting Reversible Contraceptives: An Interprofessional Approach to Maximizing Patient Access - Module 2

ACPE Activity Number:  0204-0000-18-404-H01-P
Activity Date: May 24, 2018
Expiration Date: May 24, 2019
Activity Type: Application
CE Credits: 1.0 hour
Activity FeeFree of charge

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Target Audience

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists caring for patients interested in contraceptive options.

Activity Overview

Unintended pregnancy is a major public health problem in the United States. The rate of unintended pregnancy remains high, especially among adolescents, despite the availability of effective contraceptive methods. Unintended pregnancy usually is the result of failure to use contraception or inconsistent or incorrect use of effective contraceptive methods.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) include hormonal and nonhormonal intrauterine devices and subdermal hormonal implants. These methods are the most effective and consistently used contraceptives, with failure rates of less than 1 pregnancy in 100 women per year. Despite this, the rate of utilization of LARCs in the United States is low.

This two-part series will address guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , and American Academy of Pediatrics that encourage the use of LARCs because of the high efficacy, safety, and ease of use of these methods. Faculty will also cover counseling points, variations in access, patient-specific factors affecting recommendations, and barriers to the use of LARCs.

For more information on Module 1, click here


Learning Objectives 

  1.     Compare and contrast properties of available long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).
  2.     Using patient scenarios, choose the most appropriate LARC option by considering patient-specific factors.
  3.     Discuss ways to assist patients in navigating the variations in institutional access to LARCs.

Faculty Information

 Liza W. Claus, Pharm.D., BCACP
 Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
 University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
 Aurora, Colorado

Dr. Liza Claus is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her clinical practice site is the A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center, the primary family medicine residency training site for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she is actively engaged as a member of the interdisciplinary care team. At this site, the Clinical Pharmacy Team provides a consult-based service for a wide variety of ambulatory disease states and dedicates time to interprofessional education.

Dr. Clause received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She completed a postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Residency at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Jackson, Mississippi followed by a PGY2 Ambulatory Care/Family Medicine Specialty Residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Claus is board certified in ambulatory care. Her interest areas include osteoporosis, rheumatology, women’s health, and the evaluation and innovation of clinical pharmacy services. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

 Shannon Langner, M.D., FAAFP
 Assistant Professor
 University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency
 Denver, Colorado

Shannon Langner, M.D., FAAFP, is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. At this site, she serves as a clinician, teacher, and preceptor. She is also a faculty preceptor supervisor for the advanced maternity care track at the residency. In addition, Dr. Langner serves as a provider of full-scope Family Medicine including inpatient, outpatient, and obstetrical care. Special interests include women's health and procedures.

Dr. Langner earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Kansas in Kansas City, and completed an ACGME-accredited internship and residency at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. Fellowships include the Teaching Scholars Program through the University of Colorado and the Advanced Leadership Training Program through the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership. She is a board-certified physician through the American Board of Family Medicine.

Within the University of Colorado Hospital System, Dr. Langner is involved related to her practice interests of inpatient medicine, quality improvement, resident evaluation and safety, incentive planning, faculty, and resident recruitment. She is also actively involved in teaching and scholarly activities in residency training.



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