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A CPNP educational activity, Developing a First-Line Insomnia Disorder Treatment Plan: A Case of Sleeplessness in an Older Adult, is available online. This application-based case is approved for 1 contact hour of ACPE credit and is designed for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with minimal experience in psychiatry who have an interest in learning more about the treatment of insomnia. This hands-on activity provides the opportunity to develop an appropriate treatment and monitoring plan for a patient with insomnia. Learning is reinforced through an examination with answer justifications and an evidence-based, referenced case key. There is no fee for the activity and participants must complete an exam and evaluation at the end of the activity in order to receive 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit.

Authored by Elizabeth Winans, PharmD, BCPP, and edited by Leigh Anne Nelson as primary editor and Benjamin Chavez, Michael McGuire and Sarah Grady as secondary editors, this is one in a series of over 30 cases that have been released by CPNP in 2013 and 2014 on topics ranging from depression to generalized anxiety disorder to schizophrenia. The majority of these disease state treatment cases feature three levels of cases with level 1 being designed for those with minimal experience in psychiatry, level 2 for those with casual or moderate experience in psychiatry and level 3 for those with expertise in psychiatry. Each activity features a case scenario and a set of assessment questions requiring treatment planning. Reinforcement of learning is aided through answer justifications and an evidence-based, referenced case key.

This case series is designed to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology, pathophysiology and assessment findings related to various psychiatric and neurologic conditions.
  2. Identify diagnostic criteria for various psychiatric and neurologic conditions.
  3. Implement evidence-based pharmacological and/or nonpharmacological treatment strategies tailored to individual patient needs based on pertinent medical, psychosocial, family, cultural and socioeconomic issues.
  4. Provide monitoring recommendations for patients treated with psychotropic and neurologic medications.

Individuals completing any of the cases plus a brief assessment at 3 weeks after case completion receive a $10 coupon toward their next case purchase. You can select from the numerous cases available in CPNPU. Happy learning!

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