Depression Treatment Strategies for Primary Care Clinicians

July 20, 2022

Depression Treatment Strategies for Primary Care Clinicians

Depression, which can range from mild to severe, is a common illness that affects functioning at work and at home. Although the pathophysiology of depression is not fully understood, mechanisms involving neurotransmitters that have traditionally been implicated are now accompanied by neuroplastic pathways that may also mediate human emotion. Whatever the mechanistic pathway(s) that enhance the risk of depression, this condition is a significant public health concern in the United States and primary care clinicians play an important role in both its diagnosis and long-term management. Through this course, participants will explore strategies and tactics for treating depression. 


Notes:
•    All participants of the live session will receive a copy of the recording and presentation. The recording and presentation will also be made available as an “On-Demand” course.
•    Each attendee must register as a unique participant, as required by the NCQA Terms of Use


Key Topics
•    Depression Screening and Diagnosis
•    Depression Assessment and Treatment Options
•    Strategies for Managing Depression Effectively

Target Outcomes
•    Increase confidence to use a standardized screening and assessment tool effectively.
•    Increase confidence to successfully make a differential diagnosis.
•    Make accurate assessments of depression severity based on results of a standardized screening and assessment tool.
•    Make accurate judgements on the appropriate course of treatment for patients based on depression severity.
•    Describe strategies for time management, medication adherence, referrals, and care coordination to improve care for patients with depression.
•    Recognize opportunities to apply strategies for time management, medication adherence, referrals, and care coordination into practice.
 

Target Audience

•    Physicians.
•    Nurses.
•    Physician assistants.
•    Pharmacists.
•    Psychologists.
•    Social workers.
•    Other members of interdisciplinary health care teams. 

Learning Objectives

•    Apply a standardized tool in practice to screen patients for depression.
•    Compare and contrast depression with other mental health conditions to make a differential diagnosis and recognize when multiple conditions are co-occurring.
•    Determine the severity of a patient’s depression based on results from using a standardized assessment tool.
•    Classify recommended pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options.
•    Based on severity of depression to determine the appropriate course of treatment for a patient.
•    Analyze strategies for medication adherence, effective communication, and time management to improve care for patients with depression. 
 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
06/13/2022
Course expires: 
03/31/2023
Event starts: 
07/20/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
07/20/2022 - 2:00pm EDT
Rating: 
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Larry Culpepper, MD
 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation
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