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Activity Dates: 04/20/2009 - 04/20/2012

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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

There have been great advances in understanding the neurobiology of ADHD.  While there appears to be some overall reduction in brain volumes in children with ADHD, several richly interconnected brain areas seem to be particularly affected- the prefrontal cortex, the basal ganglia and the cerebellum.  In addition recent longitudinal studies suggest that ADHD can be understood in part as due to a delay in cortical maturation.

Children with ADHD who have been treated with psychostimulants and compared to their untreated peers with the disorder, have been found to have larger white matter volumes, and more ‘normative’ dimensions of several key regions implicated in the disorder.  However, the reliance on purely observational studies limits the conclusions we can draw about psychostimulant effects.  It is clear that ADHD is not purely a disorder of childhood as the impairing symptoms of the disorder persist into adulthood in a majority, although persistence of the full syndrome is less common.  Modern neuroimaging techniques are allowing insights into the different patterns of brain development which may accompany different clinical outcomes in the disorder.

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)
  • Receive a passing grade (60%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This course is provided online at cpnp.org and consists of the speaker audio and slides. A PDF file of the slides is also provided and access is available to participants indefinitely although ACPE credit is available only through the course expiration date.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 60% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. ACPE statements of credit can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org immediately upon successful completion of the course.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze clinical cases of children suffering from Attention-deficit/hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and subsequent symptom response to psychostimulants
  2. Illustrate the contribution of structural neuroimaging to the neurobiology of ADHD
  3. Explain the possible effects of psychostimulant treatment for ADHD on cortical structure.
  4. Contrast the variable clinical outcomes of ADHD and identify the neurobiological correlates of differential outcome.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 04/20/2009 - 04/20/2012
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-09-004-H01-P
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. This self-study course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-0000-09-004-H01-P (1.0 contact hours).

ACPE approved contact hours are accepted for ANCC Certification Renewal (see pages 5 and 6): At least 50% (37.5 hours) of your 75 continuing education hours must be formally approved continuing education hours. Formally approved continuing education hours meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  1. Continuing nursing education (CNE) approved for nursing contact hours by an accredited provider or approver of nursing continuing education
  2. Continuing medical education (CME) approved for CME hours
  3. Sponsored by organizations, agencies, or educational institutions accredited or approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Grant Support

This programming was supported in part by grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Forest Laboratories, Inc., Lilly, Schering-Plough, Cyberonics, and Shire.

Annual Meeting Grant Supporter

Recertification Education Grant Provider

Supported by an educational grant from Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. administered by Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.