CME Outfitters Announces Live neuroscienceCME TV Broadcast: 'The Broken Continuum of Care: Addressing a Crisis in the Care of Patients with Schizophrenia'

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Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, November 19, 2008, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will provide mental health care practitioners with strategies, drawn from the evidence-base as well as from JCAHO standards, for providing integrated, coordinated, and multidisciplinary care to patients with schizophrenia to facilitate improved adherence and to optimize functional outcome.

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 Broken Continuum of Care: Addressing a Crisis in the Care of Patients with Schizophrenia."

Premiering Wednesday, November 19, 2008, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will provide mental health care practitioners with strategies, drawn from the evidence-base as well as from JCAHO standards, for providing integrated, coordinated, and multidisciplinary care to patients with schizophrenia to facilitate improved adherence and to optimize functional outcome. This activity also includes a special "After the Show" segment from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. ET 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 December 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/PR340 and click the Register icon.
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).
Fax: Visit the activity details page at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com/PR340, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 240.243.1033.

Statement of Need:
Optimal care of patients with schizophrenia requires comprehensive, multidisciplinary, coordinated care that integrates an appropriate drug regimen, regular clinic visits, psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation, and other treatment-related activities. Adherence to all aspects of a treatment regimen is key to success, but close to 50% of patients with schizophrenia are nonadherent at some point in time. Nonadherence is associated with a high rate of relapse and poor outcome and efforts to improve adherence are urgently needed. A coordinated treatment team is a vital support system for improving adherence, and frequent and effective communication among the members of the team is critical. Improving both continuum of care and access to care can increase the likelihood of long-term adherence to treatment regimens and improve patient outcome. In this evidence-based neuroscienceCME TV activity, the experts will apply a multidisciplinary approach drawing upon the evidence base as well as JCAHO standards to help clinicians overcome the multitude of challenges facing patients, clinicians, and caregivers in preventing relapse and achieving recovery in schizophrenia.

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

Faculty:
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

Cheri M. Sixbey, MA, LMSW, LPC, CMP
Executive Director
Assertive Community Association
Brighton, MI

David Wadner, PhD
Field Director; Surveyor Management and Development
Behavioral Health Care Program
The Joint Commission
Des Plaines, IL

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

  • Recognize and address gaps in the continuum of care of patients with schizophrenia based available evidence as well as JCAHO behavioral standards.
  • Identify members of the treatment team and their respective roles in providing integrated and coordinated care.
  • Develop a multidisciplinary team approach to helping improve treatment adherence in patients with schizophrenia.

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

Commercial Support:
CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, in support of this CE activity.

Credit Information:
This activity offers CE credit for:

  • Physicians (ACCME/AMA PRA Category 1)
  • Nurses (CNE)
  • Pharmacists (ACPE)
  • Psychologists (APA)
  • Social Workers (NASW)
  • Certified Case Managers (CCMC)

All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.
Credit Expiration Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009

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 webcast, email, 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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