S5-E13.3 – Practical Challenges in Patient Care: Role of GLP-1s and Scanning

S5-E13.3 - Practical Challenges in Patient Care: Role of GLP-1s and Scanning
The conversation shifts to look first at challenges caused by explosion in the use of incretin agonists like GLP-1s to treat obesity and diabetes and second by the opportunities creating by on-site scanning.

This conversation focuses on what happens after or around patient screening, addressing the challenges caused by using GLP-1s and dual incretin agonists to treat concomitant conditions before looking at the patient’s liver, and then the opportunities that can come from on-site scanning and immediate feedback.

Jeff starts this conversation by noting the popularity and widespread discussion around anti-obesity medications, which also have effects on MASH. He says this could “lead to a tricky couple of years” if results include decreased willingness to participate in clinical trials and/or decreased demand for fatty liver drugs from patients already on incretin agonists like semaglutide or tirzepatide. Generally, he expresses a concern that all this will lead to a decline in focus on the liver.

Louise discusses activities in her two home countries, UK and Australia. She starts by noting interest in the healthcare system picks up when patients go to their primary care physicians seeking care for a given disease, in this case liver disease. She goes on to note that “liver disease is a small portion of poor liver health,” which leads to cardiovascular disease and extra-hepatic cancers. Thus, she says, screening should identify patients with poor liver health to educate and intervene with these non-hepatic conditions. She describes data in her possession that says 33% of Australians who believe they are healthy have poor liver health, and that most of these are post-menopausal women. She says there is a mismatch between patient needs, perceived resource demand, and funds available to support these resources.

Mike asks Louise to comment on scanning as an educational activity. Before answering his question directly, she discusses the value of on-site patient questionnaires in improving the quality and perceived value of the overall visit. She goes on to discuss how she uses the sharing of scan results with the patient to generate a deeper patient understanding of the disease and activate conversation on how patients can help themselves better. Mike agrees based on his own experience learning about his high CAP score, then lowering the level. Louise discusses steps treaters can take if the first intervention doesn’t work.

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