The Broken Continuum of Care: Addressing a Crisis in the Care of Patients with Schizophrenia

Venue: Web Based Educational Activity

Location: -

Event Date/Time: Mar 16, 2009 End Date/Time: Nov 19, 2009
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Premiere Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Please note that this presentation is current as of November 19, 2008. The Joint Commission reserves the right to change the content of the information as appropriate.

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:
Thursday, November 19, 2009


Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD
Reunette W. Harris Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director, Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Cheri M. Sixbey, MA, LMSW, LPC, CMP
Executive Director
Assertive Community Association
Brighton, MI

David Wadner, PhD
Field Director; Surveyor Management and Development
Behavioral Health Care Program
The Joint Commission
Des Plaines, IL

Statement of Need

Optimal care of patients with schizophrenia requires comprehensive, multidisciplinary, coordinated care that integrates an appropriate drug regimen, regular clinic visits, psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation, and other treatment-related activities. Adherence to all aspects of a treatment regimen is key to success, but close to 50% of patients with schizophrenia are nonadherent at some point in time.(1) Nonadherence is associated with a high rate of relapse and poor outcome and efforts to improve adherence are urgently needed.(2) A coordinated treatment team is a vital support system for improving adherence, and frequent and effective communication among the members of the team is critical. Improving both continuum of care and access to care can increase the likelihood of long-term adherence to treatment regimens and improve patient outcome. In this evidence-based neuroscienceCME TV activity, the experts will apply a multidisciplinary approach drawing upon the evidence base as well as Joint Commission standards to help clinicians overcome the multitude of challenges facing patients, clinicians, and caregivers in preventing relapse and achieving recovery in schizophrenia.

Activity Goal

To provide mental health care practitioners with strategies, drawn from the evidence-base as well as from Joint Commission standards, for providing integrated, coordinated, and multidisciplinary care to patients with schizophrenia to facilitate improved adherence and to optimize functional outcome.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:
Recognize and address gaps in the continuum of care of patients with schizophrenia based on available evidence as well as Joint Commission behavioral standards.
Identify members of the treatment team and their respective roles in providing integrated and coordinated care.
Develop a multidisciplinary team approach to helping improve treatment adherence in patients with schizophrenia.

Target Audience

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

Commercial Support

CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, 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-0644. 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: 376-000-08-021-L01-P (live presentation) 376-000-08-021-H01-P (recorded programs)

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