Autoimmune hepatitis is an inflammatory liver disease that causes fibrosis, cirrhosis, and liver failure. Untreated disease has a 40%-80% mortality rate. Early recognition and treatment have a favorable outcome in which most patients are expected to live a normal life span.
Learning Outcome: After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to identify how early recognition and treatment and close surveillance by the nurse and the inter-professional team will help the patient to achieve quality of life. Learning Engagement Activity: Review Table 2 and identify 3 nursing assessment priorities for the patient with AIH.
Contact hours available until 2/28/2021. Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation. Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure: The author(s), editor, editorial board, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article. Commercial Support and Sponsorship: No commercial support or sponsorship declared. Accreditation Information: This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).
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This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michelle Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.
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3/21/19 9:46 pm
7/29/19 1:28 pm
Early and aggressive therapy in AIH can slow or prevent the progression to cirrhosis. Patients in remission usually have a normal lifespan (Czaja, 2016).
10/7/19 4:22 pm
Patients need to be closely monitored for potential side effects of their medication they are taking to treat AIH. It's encouraging to see the statistics on lifespan with early recognition and treatment.
11/23/19 2:29 pm
Great informative article that successfully incorporated nursing process
9/1/20 6:08 pm
Early diagnosis and treatment play crucial role to control inflammation and reduce fibrosis. Nursing care and patient education helps patient increase confidence to embrace possible challenges of coping with autoimmune hepatitis.