Improving the Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of PBA in the Psychiatric Setting – Part 2

This activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and Novus Medical Education.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

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Release date: November 4, 2016

Valid through: November 3, 2017

Media: Internet-based Expert Exchange

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 30 minutes

Target Audience

This activity is intended for psychiatrists and other mental healthcare professionals.

Program Overview

It is estimated that up to 7.1 million people in the United States have pseudobulbar affect (PBA) based on existing disease population estimates; however, the actual prevalence of PBA in the U.S. is unclear. Due to the insidious nature of the onset of PBA and the relative lack of recognition of the initial symptoms, neuropsychiatric practitioners must be aware of PBA, particularly in those patients with significant disease-related risk factors.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the prevalence, burden of illness and underlying neurological conditions/risk factors associated with PBA.
  • Utilize objective instruments in assessing patients with neurological conditions to diagnosis PBA.
  • Discuss treatment options with their patients who are diagnosed with PBA.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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


Richard S. Isaacson, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
Weill Cornell Medicine & New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

David W. Crumpacker, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Psychiatrist, Private Practice
Plano, TX

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and Novus Medical Education. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

AXIS Medical Education designates this activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

AXIS requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by AXIS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.
The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Richard Isaacson, MD: Consultant to Accera, Inc.

David W. Crumpacker, MD: Consultant to Avanir, Otsuka, Merck

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Ronald Viggiani, MD (AXIS): Nothing to disclose.
Steven Scrivner, MPA, CHCP (Novus): Nothing to disclose.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

In order to receive credit, participants must:

  1. Watch the webcast
  2. Complete the posttest with a passing score of 70% or higher
  3. Complete the CME evaluation

There is no fee for this educational activity.

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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. AXIS Medical Education and Novus Medical Education do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


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