S5-E13.5 – MASH and the Elephant Metaphor: Attacking a Multi-faceted, Complex Disease

S5-E13.5 - MASH and the Elephant Metaphor: Attacking a Multi-faceted, Complex Disease
This closing conversation centers first around Roger's use of the "blind people touching an elephant" metaphor to describe the complexity of MASH, and then creates a second goal, this time for providers to "rule out the liver."

This closing conversation introduces two new concepts: the idea that MASH has so many facets is it comparable to the metaphor of blind people touching an elephant and then the provider mandate to “rule the liver out” when assessing patients with metabolic diseases.

This closing conversation introduces two new concepts: the idea that MASH has so many facets that it is comparable to the metaphor of blind people touching an elephant, and the provider mandate to “rule the liver out” when assessing patients with metabolic diseases.

Roger cites the parable of the blind people touching the elephant as a metaphor for liver disease, which is a precursor for multiple seemingly unrelated diseases (cardiovascular and extra-hepatic cancers, to name two). He says the point is to teach liver disease to healthcare professionals as “the elephant,” not its different parts. Louise agrees and suggests that the simple action point for liver disease-as-elephant is to “rule the liver out” when assessing the various related diseases. The test for this must be “cheap” and “accessible;” it does not exist anywhere in the world today.

Roger suggests that the “Keep It Simple, Stupid” approach to liver disease incorporate the two simple action items discussed in this episode. For patients, act now, get screened. For providers, rule the liver out.

In lieu of a final question, Roger asks panelists to describe one specific initiative they know of that is part of Global Fatty Liver Day. Mike describes a screening activity in Calgary. He describes a “mistake” last year in letting patients eat healthy food before being scanned. Louise assures him that eating healthy foods will affect scan outcomes less than 1% of the time. Jeff discusses the successes of street teams around the world, who screened 77,000 patients as part of International NASH Day 2023.

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