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Release Date: May 2014

Expiration Date: May 2015

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Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 30 minutes

Program Description: From the May 2014 issue of The Clinical Advisor: A child’s cough: Common presentations and causes. Clinicians who recognize various types of pediatric coughs will be better able to identify serious underlying conditions in the young patient.

Statement of Need: Cough is one of the most frequent symptoms in children and the most common symptom for which children visit a health-care provider. Acute cough in children can be indicative of asthma, bronchiolitis, whooping cough, and other conditions clinicians need to recognize, manage, and explain to patients and their caregivers.

Target Audience: This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary-care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who treat pediatric patients for cough.

Learning Objectives: After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to

  • Describe how a weak cough can be harmful or fatal.
  • Explain the three phases of cough.
  • Discuss the differences between cough caused by croup, bronchiolitis, and other sources. 
  • Identify habit cough.
  • List the treatment options for the various coughs examined

Credits Type Accreditation Statement Designation Statement


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Physician Credit
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Medical Education Resources (MER) and Haymarket Medical Education. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 0.50 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.


CE for Nurses

Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CE activity provides 0.50 contact hours of continuing nursing education. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12299, for 0.50 contact hours.


Brian Wingrove, PA-C
Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
Atlanta, Ga.

Faculty Disclosures
The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices that they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME/CE activity:
Brian Wingrove, PA-C, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Staff/Planners’ Disclosures

The following HME planners and managers hereby state the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months: Delicia Yard, Editor, and Nicole Blazek, Web Editor, have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest relating directly or indirectly to this activity.

The MER planners and managers, and Veronda Smith, FNP-BC, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the
past 12 months.

Method of Participation: There are no fees for participating in and receiving CMEcredit for this activity. During the period April 2014 through April 2015,participants must: 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest and submit it online and 4) complete the evaluation form online.

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed post-test with a score of 70% or better.


The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources or Haymarket Medical. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Medical Education Resources or Haymarket medical.

Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

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