Psychiatry for Primary Care

Speaker(s): Eric B, Hedberg, M.D. Bradford Health Disclosures: Dr. Hedberg has no relative financial disclosures and will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products 
Presentation Purpose: 
An estimated 25-30% of adults in the United States have a mental illness with higher rates among those who are publicly insured and racial/ethnic minorities. In the United States, the primary health care system often functions as the mental health provider for many patients with common conditions like anxiety and depression. Across much of the United States, shortages of psychiatric providers have led to a severe lack of access of services. 
Primary care providers are increasingly faced with the challenge of caring for patients with complex mental health needs without the adequate training and skills to do so. Untreated mental illness has significant economic, social, and personal costs in lost productivity, increased healthcare utilization, and increased morbidity and mortality. 

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to: 
• Review diagnostic criteria for common psychiatric disorders 
• Address psychiatric disorders that lend themselves to primary care treatment 
• Treatment suggestions for primary care 
• Disorders best left to the psychiatrist 
• Disorders to refer for therapy 

Faculty/Course Director/Planners:

Alabama Medical Education has selected all faculty participating in this activity. It is the policy of Alabama Medical Education that all CME/CE planning committees, faculty, authors, editors, and staff disclose relationships with commercial interests upon nomination or invitation of participation. Disclosure documents are reviewed for potential conflicts of interest and if relevant, they are resolved prior to confirmation of participation. Only those participants who have no conflict of interest or who agreed to an identified resolution process prior to their participation were involved in this activity. 

Conflict of Interest:

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, it is the policy of Alabama Medical Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all CE/CME activities. Full disclosure of conflicts and conflict resolution will be made in writing via handout materials or syllabus. 

Target Audience:

This activity is designed for the interdisciplinary audience. Gap in Knowledge: *Lack of knowledge about the problem(s) *Lack strategies to apply knowledge to practice (competence) 

 This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.0 IPCE credits for learning and change. 

Commercial Interest: No commercial interest was received for this ICPE activity