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Lyme Disease: Prevention and Management

Explore the prevalence of Lyme disease, how to recognise and treat it and how to manage it going forward.

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Learn about Lyme disease and how to manage and prevent it

The primary purpose of this course is to educate and inform healthcare professionals about Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caught from the bite of an infected tick.

An accurate and timely diagnosis can facilitate appropriate treatment and prevent complications. In addition, clinicians can advise patients about prevention and allay their concerns.

Understand assessment and diagnosis of Lyme disease

You’ll first get an overview of Lyme disease epidemiology and find out how early diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious health complications affecting the central nervous system, joints, skin, and heart.

Lyme disease is not always easy to diagnose. For example, around 20-30% of cases do not have the typical circular rash called Erythema migrans. You’ll become aware of the wide range of features that patients may present with and learn why Lyme disease tests may be hard to interpret.

Understand how to manage and prevent Lyme disease

Identifying appropriate antibiotic treatments and possible investigations for suspected Lyme disease, you’ll also discuss dealing with uncertainty, safety netting advice, follow-up, and further onward referral when necessary.

You’ll then discuss the management of Lyme disease complications and reflect on the primary prevention methods, such as awareness of high-risk areas and personal precautions to reduce the chance of being bitten by a tick.

Learn from the experts at St George’s, University of London

Guided throughout by health experts in primary care and infectious diseases from St. George’s, University of London, you’ll finish this course with a broad overview of Lyme disease epidemiology and diagnosis, as well as the treatments available to those who contract the disease.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Introduction to Lyme disease and its assessment

    • Welcome to the course

      Introduce yourself to other participants and the course educators, and get an overview of the learning objectives and content to be covered in the first week.

    • Epidemiology and incidence of Lyme Disease

      We will provide a brief overview of the epidemiology and incidence of Lyme borreliosis, a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks.

    • Assessment of Lyme disease

      We will learn about the key features in the history and examination of Lyme disease which will help inform a diagnosis.

    • Summary of the week

      We will reflect on this week's teaching, participate in the discussion, look at the frequently asked questions and complete the quiz.

  • Week 2

    Lyme disease management and prevention

    • Welcome to Week 2

      An overview of this week's topics and learning objectives.

    • Management of Lyme Disease

      We will introduce key areas of Lyme disease management with a focus on its management in primary care including the correct way to remove ticks.

    • Management of Lyme Disease complications

      We will look at how to prevent tick bites and information for the public on Lyme disease prevention. Know more about the prevention of tick bites and when to seek help if concerned about Lyme disease or its complications.

    • Prevention of tick-borne diseases

      We will provide guidance on how to prevent tick-borne diseases including Lyme borreliosis.

    • Summary of the week

      This section provides an opportunity to reflect on this week's content, share your views, look at the frequently asked questions and complete the quiz.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe Lyme disease and its complications in primary and secondary care.
  • Identify the recommended investigations for suspected Lyme disease.
  • Discuss management of Lyme disease and dealing with uncertainty, safety netting and follow-up.
  • Discuss the management of ‘chronic’ Lyme disease.
  • Summarise the main prevention methods of Lyme disease including tick removal and when to seek medicial advice.
  • Reflect upon the controversies surrounding Lyme disease treatment, especially dealing with misinformation about Lyme disease.
  • Evaluate the evidence and research on Lyme disease and future development.

Who is the course for?

This course will be beneficial for anyone working in healthcare and also members of the public that are interested in learning more about Lyme disease.

The main target audience will be doctors (GPs and A&E doctors) and nurses, healthcare assistants, specialist nurse practitioners working within primary care, community and hospitals, as well as public health workers.

Who will you learn with?

BSc BA MB BChir MRCGP MA (Cantab)
In-Practice Fellow in primary care at the Population Health Research Institute, St George's University of London

Clinical Teaching Fellow in Public Health and a salaried GP. His academic interests in population health research include physical activity, medical technology and clinical education in primary care.

Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology Specialty Trainee Registrar

MBBS MSc BSc DRCOG

Academic Clinical Fellow and GP Registrar at St George's University, London.

Bsc, Ma, MBCHB, FHEA
Academic GPST Doctor at St George's Hospital, London.

Who developed the course?

St George's, University of London

St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.

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