CME Outfitters Announces neuroscienceCME Webcast: "Depression Management in Healthcare Systems: A Team Approach to Care" Premieres Monday, February 23, 2009

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Live and interactive CE webcast will identify system-, provider-, and patient-related barriers to coordinated care for patients with depression. Activity will focus on providing mental healthcare practitioners with strategies based on evidence and guidelines for developing team-based care and improving outcomes for patients with depression.

CME Outfitters, LLC, an independent accredited provider of multidisciplinary medical education programming and related healthcare communications services, is pleased to announce an upcoming neuroscienceCME Webcast titled "Depression Management in Healthcare Systems: A Team Approach to Care."

Offered as a live and interactive webcast premiering Monday, February 23, 2009, the activity will identify system-, provider-, and patient-related barriers to coordinated care for patients with depression.

This activity will focus on providing mental healthcare practitioners with strategies based on evidence and guidelines for developing team-based care and improving outcomes for patients with depression. This CE activity will also be available as a podcast and online archive shortly after the live webcast.

There is no fee to participate or receive CE credit for this activity; however, registration is required. Three forms of registration are accepted:

Statement of Need:
The application of a chronic disease model to the management of depression is lagging behind other therapeutic areas owing to system-, provider-, and patient-related barriers. Yet the incorporation of this model can help to improve fragmented care, address gaps between best care and usual care, improve coordination of care, enhance outcomes, and reduce costs. Critical to this model is the implementation of screening tools and a clear understanding of how to read and evaluate these tools in a primary care practice.

Communication between the primary care provider and the psychiatrist is vital in order to streamline care, optimize resources, incorporate the latest guidelines and evidence, and avoid overlap that can result in dangerous medical outcomes and increased costs. The involvement of a multidisciplinary treatment team can provide synchronized and coordinated care. A team of providers including the primary care physician, psychiatrist, pharmacist, psychologist, nurse, and case manager, all sharing a common goal for the patient, can ensure that care is optimized by selecting appropriate medication, supporting medication adherence, managing side effects and efficacy issues, and incorporating behavioral and/or psychotherapeutic interventions into the treatment plan when warranted.

Research has shown that this team approach indeed improves treatment adherence and recovery. In this neuroscienceCME webcast, faculty will discuss system-wide barriers to improved recognition and management of depression in primary care, and will review both guidelines and the evidence base for using a team-based approach to improve outcomes.

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Director, Adult and Child Psychopharmacology Research
R/D Clinical Research, Inc.
Lake Jackson, TX

Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH
Professor and Chairman of Family Medicine
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, MA

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

  • Improve awareness and response to healthcare systems-related barriers to recognition, screening, and coordinated care for patients with depression.
  • Integrate a team care approach into practice in order to facilitate involvement of and communication between clinical stakeholders, patients, and their families.
  • Increase utilization of established clinical guidelines for primary care treatment of depression.

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

Commercial Support:
CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals 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: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Activities tab - requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required). This website supports all browsers except Internet Explorer for Mac. For complete technical requirements and privacy policy, visit

About CME Outfitters:
CME Outfitters, LLC, 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,, or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME: is the award-winning web portal serving clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, 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.

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Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
240.243.1308 direct
240.243.1033 fax


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