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Activity Dates: 04/23/2013 - 04/23/2016

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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 session will provide a comprehensive overview for attendees on the evidence base behind concerns with the use of antipsychotics in older persons with dementia. These safety concerns as well as public advocacy led to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services taking action to improve the behavioral health and approach to caring for residents in America’s Nursing Homes. There have multiple aspects to reducing inappropriate antipsychotic use through this national initiative, which will be discussed. To round out this session, the presenter will provide evidence base on alternative approaches to antipsychotics as well as take home points that can be implemented within your clinical settings.

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

Nicole Brandt, PharmD, BCPP, CGP, FASCP

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Learning Objectives

  1. Review the mortality literature associated with antipsychotic use in dementia related agitation

  2. Outline the new CMS recommendations for decreasing usage of antipsychotics in the long-term care setting.

  3. Discuss alternative treatment options and pearls for decreasing usage of antipsychotics in geriatric population.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 04/23/2013 - 04/23/2016
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-13-017-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. This self-study course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.01 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-000-13-017-L04-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

Annual Meeting Grant Provider

Cyberonics