CME Outfitters Announces Live neuroscienceCME TV Broadcast: "The Impact of Adherence on Maintenance Treatment in Schizophrenia" Premieres Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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CME Outfitters announces an upcoming live and interactive neuroscienceCME TV activity titled "The Impact of Adherence on Maintenance Treatment in Schizophrenia." Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, August 6, 2008, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will describe the importance of remission and recovery as treatment goals in patients with schizophrenia, and review strategies for optimizing outcomes by employing techniques to improve patient adherence to maintenance pharmacotherapy.

CME Outfitters, LLC, an independent accredited provider of multidisciplinary medical education programming and related healthcare communications services, is pleased to announce an upcoming live and interactive evidence-based neuroscienceCME TV activity titled "The Impact of Adherence on Maintenance Treatment in Schizophrenia."

Premiering Wednesday, August 6, 2008, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will describe the importance of remission and recovery as treatment goals in patients with schizophrenia, and review strategies for optimizing outcomes by employing techniques to improve patient adherence to maintenance pharmacotherapy. This activity also includes a special "After the Show" segment during which the faculty answers additional audience questions in an informal Q&A session. The recorded satellite broadcast will re-air from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET. This CE activity will also be available as an archived webcast, podcast, and telephone audioconference shortly after the broadcast premiere, and available as a multimedia CD-ROM in September 2008.

There is no fee to participate or receive CE credit for this activity; however, registration is required. Three forms of registration are accepted:
Online: Visit the activity details page at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com/PR316 and click the Register icon.
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).
Fax: Visit the activity details page at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com/PR316, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 240.243.1033.

Statement of Need:
Shared decision-making is a vital part of developing a maintenance treatment plan to support remission and long-term functional recovery in patients with schizophrenia. A vital part of this process is the discussion of various medications with respect to safety, side effects, and complexity of regimen. The impact of maintenance pharmacotherapy is often limited due to poor medication adherence and treatment strategies that maximize adherence can improve outcomes. In this patient population, rates of medication nonadherence range from 40-55% and may be even higher in patients with more pronounced deficits, more severe symptoms, higher rates of relapse, and relatively little social support. Evidence-based strategies exist for facilitating adherence; consideration of issues related to adherence during treatment decisionmaking has the potential to reduce relapse and improve outcomes. In this neuroscienceCME TV activity, experts will review the importance of medication adherence to remission and recovery, and will discuss strategies to translate evidence into improved long-term outcomes for their patients.

Moderator:
Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD
Reunette W. Harris Professor and Chairman
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Faculty:
Peter F. Buckley, MD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Associate Dean for Leadership Development
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA

Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director, Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define and operationalize remission in schizophrenia.
  • Discuss available data regarding medication nonadherence in patients with schizophrenia.
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy and tolerability of atypical antipsychotics as maintenance therapy.
  • Utilize expert recommendations and evidence to develop individualized treatment plans that improve adherence and outcomes for patients with schizophrenia.

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified case managers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals interested in mental health.

Commercial Support:
CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in support of this CE activity.

Credit Information:
CME Credit (Physicians):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Note to Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA Category I CME credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

CNE Credit (Nurses):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

It has been assigned code 6WASUP-PRV-0638. 1.0 contact hours will be awarded upon successful completion.
Note to Nurse Practitioners: The content of this CNE activity pertains to Pharmacology.

CEP Credit (Psychologists):
CME Outfitters is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CME Outfitters maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (1.0 CE credits)

NASW Credit (Social Workers):
This program was approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886407722) for 1 continuing education contact hour.

CCMC Credit (Certified Case Managers):
This program has been approved for 1 hour by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC).

CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs)
Universal Program Number: 376-000-08-015-L01-P (live presentation) 376-000-08-015-H01-P (recorded programs)

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Resources tab - requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required). Otherwise, participants should fully complete and return both the credit request form and activity evaluation located within the course guide for this activity. A certificate or statement of credit will be mailed within 4-6 weeks to all who successfully complete these requirements.

About CME Outfitters:
CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete catalog of certified activities, please visit http://www.cmeoutfitters.com, http://www.neuroscienceCME.com, or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME:
neuroscienceCME.com is the award-winning web portal serving clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, neuroscienceCME.com was custom designed to fill an identified gap in online resources for professionals around the world who are practicing in areas related to psychiatry, sleep disorders, addiction and substance abuse, ADHD, and other areas related to brain function. The site's primary mission is to be the professional's central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing, and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences.

About neuroscienceCME TV:
Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference, neuroscienceCME TV is a one-hour, live and interactive continuing education (CE) activity where leading experts discuss clinically relevant, evidence-based issues facing mental health practitioners. Each broadcast's interactivity is enhanced by offering a Q&A segment during which the faculty presenters can respond to audience comments and questions posed via e-mail, fax, or phone. CME Outfitters has also developed a web-based instant polling feature that allows live webcast participants a chance to provide real-time input. Online CE credit is offered to participants upon completion of each activity, at neuroscienceCME.com.

To view all recent neuroscienceCME press releases, visit http://www.neuroscienceCME.com and click on "News Room" or visit http://www.prweb.com and search for "neuroscienceCME."

Clinical Compass™, a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by CME Outfitters, is a convenient way to stay informed of all neuroscienceCME news and information. To subscribe, visit http://www.neuroscienceCME.com and click on "Subscribe to Clinical Compass™."

Contact: Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
240.243.1308 direct
240.243.1033 fax

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