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Activity Dates: 01/21/2014 - 01/21/2016

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Target Audience

Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with limited knowledge and experience with recognizing and treating patients with mental health issues.

Session Summary

Patients with mental health conditions are more commonly seen in primary care than in other health care settings, but as much as half of their mental health conditions go undiagnosed. Most primary care providers (PCPs: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, pharmacists) are not fully trained to diagnose or treat mental health conditions. Mental health issues go undiagnosed or inadequately treated, and inappropriate psychotropic drugs may be prescribed with little follow-up. This course will therefore discuss the classes of psychiatric medications, rating scales used to assess for response to psychiatric medications, medication changes and evaluation, and evidence-based guidelines related to mental health.

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)

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 70% 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. Identify classes of psychiatric medications, indications for use, and off-label uses.
  2. Use rating scales to assess for response to psychiatric medications.
  3. Given an individual patient, start or change a medication when the patient isn’t getting the results you expect.
  4. Evaluate a patient’s medication regimen for adverse effects and drug interactions.
  5. Identify resources for information about psychiatric medications.
  6. Follow established, evidence-based guidelines related to mental health.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 01/21/2014 - 01/21/2016
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.5
ACPE Number: 0284-9999-14-052-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 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-9999-14-052-H01-P (1.5 contact hours).