S5-3.03 – The New MASLD Nomenclature: MASLD Rollout and Stakeholder Roles

S5-3.03 - The New MASLD Nomenclature: MASLD Rollout and Stakeholder Roles
This conversation on the new MASLD nomenclature rollout has two major elements: discussing the role of Allied Health Providers and looking more broadly at the ongoing rollout process.

This conversation shifts from the rear view to the path ahead. Louise Campbell starts by asking about the role of Allied Health Providers in the process. After this issue, process leaders Maru Rinella, Jeff Lazarus and Meena Bansal discuss how this will roll out as we move ahead.

It starts with Louise Campbell asking why there Allied Health Providers did not play a larger role in the Delphi process. Maru Rinella replies that, in her vision, this group’s involvement will be critical in the rollout and message development but less so in a Delphi process that was mostly about hashing out, as Maru puts it, “the nuances of the disease.” To Maru, this is also the place where patient voice brings the most pivotal value. Meena Bansal notes that there were some PAs and NPs in the Delphi process. Meena Bansal agrees that their role will be critical in discussions on how to communicate the disease to the patient (a topic we return to in later conversations). Louise appreciates, accepts and largely agrees with this discussion.

Roger Green shifts focus from the past process to ask about the rollout phase: when it began, what it will include and when it might end. Meena says it will never end. Jeff Lazarus comments that while publication was the formal rollout, even before then groups were vying to be the first to change their names. He also noted that the article was published simultaneously in several journals with broad, rapid uptake in the literature. Since the key is to raise awareness and educate the population, he considers the speed and breadth of uptake a major sign of success. Maru Rinella comments that journal participation has been generally excellent.

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