S5-03.1 – Why Create a New MASLD Nomenclature?

S5-03.1 - Why Create a New MASLD Nomenclature?
In this discussion, Maru Rinella, who co-led the new MASLD nomenclature process, and Jeff Lazarus, who oversaw a large Delphi process that led to the final result, describe how the process came to be.

This conversation focuses on the issues and visions that led to the identified need for a new MASLD nomenclature. Maru Rinella and Jeff Lazarus discuss the original goals of the process and how focus broadened and shifted throughout.

It starts with Maru Rinella describing what she terms “an existential crisis” for the field around a publication suggesting changing the name of the disease from “non-alcoholic” fatty liver disease to “metabolic” fatty liver disease. She considers this the main impetus for key global players to converge. Jeff Lazarus notes that stigma and several other processes came into the discussion. Maru and Jeff agree that the participant recruitment process came in two phases, one where it was hard to get participants and a later point where it was to manage the size of the exercise. Jeff felt the tipping point happened when people understood how the Delphi process would work and also the need for this to succeed. Maru felt that people had to grasp the implications of a consensus process, which Delphi is. As the conversation ends, another leader in the process, Meena Bansal and a patient advocate participant, Mike Betel of the Fatty Liver Alliance, describe how they came to enroll.

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