Depression Management in Healthcare Systems: A Team Approach to Care (Depression Managemen)

Venue: Web Based Educational Activity

Location: -

Event Date/Time: Apr 06, 2009 End Date/Time: Feb 23, 2010
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neuroscienceCME ARCHIVE Webcast

This activity offers CE credit for:
Physicians (ACCME/AMA PRA Category 1)
Nurses (CNE)
Pharmacists (ACPE)
Psychologists (APA)
Social Workers (NASW)
Certified Case Managers (CCMC)
All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.

Credit Expiration Date:
Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Director, Adult and Child Psychopharmacology Research
R/D Clinical Research, Inc.
Lake Jackson, TX

Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH
Professor and Chairman of Family Medicine
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, MA

Statement of Need

The application of a chronic disease model to the management of depression is lagging behind other therapeutic areas owing to system-, provider-, and patient-related barriers. Yet the incorporation of this model can help to improve fragmented care, address gaps between best care and usual care, improve coordination of care, enhance outcomes, and reduce costs.(1) Critical to this model is the implementation of screening tools and a clear understanding of how to read and evaluate these tools in a primary care practice.(2) Communication between the primary care provider and the psychiatrist is vital in order to streamline care, optimize resources, incorporate the latest guidelines and evidence, and avoid overlap that can result in dangerous medical outcomes and increased costs. The involvement of a multidisciplinary treatment team can provide synchronized and coordinated care. A team of providers including the primary care physician, psychiatrist, pharmacist, psychologist, nurse, and case manager, all sharing a common goal for the patient, can ensure that care is optimized by selecting appropriate medication, supporting medication adherence, managing side effects and efficacy issues, and incorporating behavioral and/or psychotherapeutic interventions into the treatment plan when warranted. Research has shown that this team approach indeed improves treatment adherence and recovery.(3) In this neuroscienceCME webcast, faculty will discuss system-wide barriers to improved recognition and management of depression in primary care, and will review both guidelines and the evidence base for using a team-based approach to improve outcomes.

Activity Goal

To identify system-, provider-, and patient-related barriers to coordinated care for patients with depression, and to provide mental healthcare practitioners with strategies drawn from the evidence base and guidelines for developing team-based care to improve outcomes for this patient population.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:
Improve awareness and response to healthcare systems-related barriers to recognition, screening, and coordinated care for patients with depression.

Integrate a team care approach into practice in order to facilitate involvement of and communication between clinical stakeholders, patients, and their families.

Increase utilization of established clinical guidelines for primary care treatment of depression.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, certified case managers, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in mental health.

Commercial Support

CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in support of this CE activity.

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)â„¢. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Note to Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA Category I CME credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

CNE Credit (Nurses):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

It has been assigned code 6WASUP-PRV-0653. 1.0 contact hours will be awarded upon successful completion.
Note to Nurse Practitioners: The content of this CNE activity pertains to Pharmacology.

CEP Credit (Psychologists):
CME Outfitters is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CME Outfitters maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (1.0 CE credits)
NASW Credit (Social Workers):
This program was approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886407722) for 1 continuing education contact hour.

CCMC Credit (Certified Case Managers):
This program has been approved for 1 hour by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC).

CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs)
Universal Program Number: 376-000-09-004-H01-P
Activity Type: knowledge-based

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