Module I: Pharmacotherapy for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care

Primary health care professionals are providing a majority of mental health services, but as much as half of their patients’ mental health conditions go undiagnosed or inappropriately treated. These providers need improved access to educational materials related to best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental health conditions.

Determination of the appropriate selection, use and management of prescription medicines for mental health conditions is challenging to most primary care providers. This activity will enable participants to incorporate evidence-based therapeutic guidelines when treating patients with mental health conditions.

Media:  Archived Webcast

Time to complete activity: 1.5 hours)

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Faculty Activity Director
Janet Eddy, MD
Family Practice Physician
Medical Director
Bon Secours Care-a-Van
Richmond, VA

Faculty Presenter
Carla Cobb, PharmD, BCPP
Psychiatric Pharmacist
RiverStone Health Clinic
Clinical Faculty, School of Pharmacy
University of Montana
Billings, MT

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is the physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants who are employed and volunteer in Virginia’s 183 free clinic and community health center sites. Secondary audiences include PCPs who work in other safety-net settings, such as health departments and critical access hospitals, as well as in private practices, particularly those using the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care. It also is anticipated that other professionals may be interested, such as pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and registered nurses.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify classes of psychiatric medications, indications for use, and off-label uses.
  2. Use standard rating scales to assess for response to psychiatric medications.
  3. Monitor individual patient response and modify medication regimen as needed.
  4. Evaluate individual patient’s medication regimen for adverse effects and drug interactions.
  5. Identify resources for information about psychotropic medications.
  6. Follow established, evidence-based guidelines related to mental health.

Method of Participation

The cost to participate in this activity is $25.

None of the contents may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher.

This activity is jointly sponsored by University Health Services Professional Education Programs (UHS-PEP) of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, the Virginia Health Care Foundation and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP).

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Module 1 Purchase Options

Module 1 – Non-Credit $25

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