Celiac Disease Screening is Officially on the Radar

July 31, 2014

Celiac Disease Screening is Officially on the Radar

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force opens public comment from physicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals regarding celiac disease screening.

Since 2009, The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has called for the education of healthcare professionals, especially primary care doctors, to help increase the diagnosis rate of celiac disease. In fact, NFCA followed through on that call to action and trained more than 500 primary care providers through its free physician education program, which offered continuing medical education (CME) credits for doctors.

Excitingly, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has shown they too value physician education on the autoimmune disease by opening a public forum to comments from healthcare professionals on celiac disease screening. The accreditation for NFCA’s above-mentioned CME program officially expired on July 31, 2014, the same day this call for public comment was announced.

The USPSTF is asking medical professionals to weigh in on the topic of celiac disease screening. The professional opinions gained from this exercise will help shape future guidelines for celiac disease testing and screening.

NFCA applauds the USPSTF for taking action and recognizing the severity of undiagnosed celiac and its effect on the 83% of people with celiac disease who remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

To read more about the public comment forum, visit the USPSTF website.