Schizophrenia Management: Facilitating Evidence-Based Individualized Treatment for Optimal Patient Management

Provided by The France Foundation.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Alkermes.

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Release date: July 29, 2016

Valid through: July 29, 2017

Specialty: Psychiatry

Media: Internet

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Target Audience

  1. Psychiatry
  2. Health care providers specializing in mental health and others who support the needs of patients with mental health disorders

Program Overview

Participants will be presented with multiple patient cases. Each scenario will require participants to review relevant diagnostic and case history; respond to assessment and behavior questions; and make management decisions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Apply key evidence from guidance and robust studies to clinical decisions for patients with schizophrenia in order to achieve the highest possible efficacy and prevent relapses.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of objective measure, eg, symptom rating scales, as a means of quantifying schizophrenia symptomatology and response to treatment.
  • Evaluate the overuse/ inappropriate use of polypharmacy.
  • Apply available evidence on effective titration or switching of antipsychotics to clinical scenarios in which the patient is not responsive to (or cannot tolerate) the initial regimen.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Faculty

Henry Nasrallah, MD
Professor & Chairman
Department of Psychiatry
And the Sydney W. Souers Endowed Chair
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The France Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education

Credit Designation

Nurses who are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) may utilize activities that are certified by ACCME-accredited providers toward their requirement for certification renewal by the ANCC. A certificate of attendance will be provided by The France Foundation, an ACCME-accredited provider.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Henry Nasrallah, MD
  • Consultant: Acacia, Alkermes, Allergan, Janssen, Otsuka, Sunovion, and Vanda
  • Received Honoraria: Acacia, Alkermes, Allergan, Janssen, Otsuka, Sunovion, and Vanda

Instructions for Participation and Credit

Method Of Participation / How To Receive Credit

  1. There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  2. Review the activity objectives and CME/CE information.
  3. Complete the CME/CE activity.
  4. Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  5. Complete the CME/CE evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  6. Credit documentation/reporting: If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or a certificate of participation—your CME/CE certificate will be available for download.

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