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Activity Dates: 04/22/2013 - 04/22/2016

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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

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may occur after exposure to severe psychological trauma such as combat, assault, or childhood abuse. The disorder is highly prevalent in the U.S., e.g.  Epidemiologic Catchment Area data suggest a prevalence of 7.8%. PTSD involves characteristic symptom clusters including re-experiencing of the trauma through intrusive memories, nightmares, or other symptoms; avoidance of reminders of the trauma; emotional numbing; and symptoms of increased arousal. There is also extensive comorbidity associated with PTSD including mood disorders, alcohol and substance dependence, psychosis, and other psychiatric diagnoses. Chronic PTSD may also increase risk for medical disorders such as cardiovascular disease. Significant and at times debilitating functional impairment may occur in patients suffering from PTSD. Treatment approaches include psychotherapy, other psychosocial interventions, and medications. The complexity of symptoms as well as the extensive comorbidity in PTSD represents a major challenge for treatment. Two antidepressants, sertraline and paroxetine, are FDA-approved for PTSD. Many patients do not have an adequate response to these medications, or to psychotherapy, therefore many other approaches have been studied. This presentation will review the basic phenomena and epidemiology of PTSD, give a brief overview of neurobiological alterations in PTSD, review medication approaches as well as combined psychotherapy and medication, and review a complex case example.

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. Describe how the human stress system is altered by PTSD.
  2. Describe how these alterations indicate the usefulness of certain medications.
  3. Report the current evidence regarding the effectiveness of different medications and psychotherapies for PTSD.
  4. Evaluate the use of atypical antipsychotics in this population.
  5. Illustrate recommendations for treating complex comorbid conditions and symptoms in patients with PTSD.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 04/22/2013 - 04/22/2016
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-13-006-H01-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 0284-000-13-006-L01-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

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