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Guidance for Clinicians

Patients present to primary care services with symptoms and health concerns that require consideration of environmental factors. In some cases, patients’ exposure to mold and moisture in their homes, offices, schools, and workplaces may be having a significant effect. This course includes guidance designed to help the healthcare provider address patients with illnesses related to mold in the indoor environment by providing a background understanding of how mold may be affecting patients. With an appreciation of the time pressures in the clinical medical setting today, the course describes “tools” to help the provider evaluate the patient and help the practitioner explore environmental relationships to illness.

Provided by:

  • UConn School of Medicine
  • Office of Community and Continuing Medical Education and the Center for Indoor Environments and Health

Program Duration: October 20, 2017, through September 30, 2019.

Earn up to 3 CMEs Free

Each segment of the course is designed to give the participant information on how to consider the environmental contributors to illness when treating individuals or addressing situations with concerns over mold and moisture exposure.

We have divided the course material into two segments. Each should take a maximum of 1.5 hours to complete.

Although we recommend that participants take the complete course for a comprehensive understanding of the issue, one may select either segment.

Each segment includes video presentations, an interactive case discussion based on experience at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at UConn Health and a short question set. Course materials include tools for patient documentation and identification of appropriate resources for patients and the practitioner.

Learning Objectives

Health Effects Related to Mold and Moisture in Indoor Environments

1.5 credits, 1 hour 30 minutes

Course participants will develop skills to make informed decisions on the need for environmental intervention based on current information on health effects and exposure to mold and moisture.

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Resources for Health Providers: Preventing Respiratory Disease in Patients Who are Exposed to Damp Moldy Environments

1.5 credits, 1 hour 30 minutes

Course participants will:

  • Consider the risk of respiratory illness for patients who encounter mold exposure based on NIH/National Institute of Health and World Health organization reviews
  • Be able to access OSHA/Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidance on respiratory protection, the EPA/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mold clean up guidances and CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention population guidance on mold
  • Be able to guide patients/public to resources on health and safety during hurricane response and recovery

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