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Activity Dates: 01/03/2020 - 12/31/2021

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 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:

  • Sign in (or create a FREE account).
  • Register for 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.
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity.
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date.
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 70% or greater. Up to two exam attempts are provided to each participant. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported immediately to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online at

Faculty Information and Disclosures


Learning Objectives


  1. Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics.
  2. Explain various study designs, including strengths and weaknesses, 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 and harm.
  5. Explain the different types of error and how to reduce each.
  6. Explain the process of calculating a sample size.
  7. Describe different types of data, which statistical tests can be used for each type, groups being used, and the relationship between groups.
  8. Describe different ways to report and interpret statistical significance of a study using p-values and confidence intervals.
  9. Describe survival analyses.
  10. Outline the differences between noninferiority and traditional hypothesis testing trials.
  11. Describe the differences between internal and external validity.
  12. Discuss the differences between clinical and statistical significance.
  13. Explain the unique, core components of a pharmacoeconomic evaluation.
  14. Describe the differences between the four primary perspectives from which a pharmacoeconomic evaluation can be conducted.
  15. Contrast four economic evaluation methods commonly applied to pharmacy practice in today's healthcare settings, including the different outcomes that are employed by each method.
  16. Describe an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio.
  17. Distinguish between a systematic review and a meta-analysis.
  18. Describe the process of using a systematic approach to critically evaluating the literature.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 01/03/2020 - 12/31/2021
ACPE Contact Hours: 2.5
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-20-002-H04-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.