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Activity Dates: 02/03/2014 - 02/03/2016

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Target Audience

If you are a pharmacist, nurse practitioner or other healthcare professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients, we invite you to participate in this online course.

Session Summary

This self-study course is designed to assist the learner in selecting and evaluating sources for biomedical information appropriate for psychiatric pharmacy practice. Content includes a comprehensive outline and author presentation with focus on how to critically evaluate a study with regard to design and methodology, sources of bias, and significance and applicability of findings.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)
  • Select the ACCME credit option when submitting the post-test if you desire CME credit rather than ACPE credit.

This course is provided online at cpnp.org and is available to participants through the course expiration date. Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported immediately to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online at http://cpnp.org/mycpnp/transcript/acpe. ACCME statements are printable immediately upon successful completion of this course.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Nannette Berensen, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

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Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the differences between internal and external validity.
  2. Explain various study designs, including strengths and weakness, and types of bias present in each type.
  3. Describe appropriateness of the study design for research questions and hypotheses.
  4. Explain key epidemiologic concepts: incidence, prevalence, relative risk, odds ratio, relative and absolute risk reduction, and number needed to treat.
  5. Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics.
  6. Describe different types of data, which statistical tests can be used for each type, groups being used, and the relationship between groups.
  7. Explain the process of calculating a sample size. 
  8. Explain the different types of error and how to reduce each.
  9. Describe different ways to report and interpret statistical significance of a study using p-values and confidence intervals.
  10. Describe the different types of survival analyses.
  11. Outline the differences between noninferiority and traditional hypothesis testing trials.
  12. Discuss the differences between clinical and statistical significance.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 02/03/2014 - 02/03/2016
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.5
ACPE Number: 0284-9999-14-036-H04-P (Knowledge)
ACCME:1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE or ACCME credit is accepted for certification renewal.

Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This self-study course provides 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-9999-14-036-H04-P (1.5 contact hours).

Continuing Medical Education Credit

Creative Educational Concepts, Inc. (CEC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


CEC designates this enduring material educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Grant Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. For further information concerning Lilly grant funding visit www.lillygrantoffice.com.