Schizophrenia Course Added to HealthForumOnline's Continuing Education (CE) Library for Mental Health Professionals & Nurses

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HealthForumOnline (HFO) has extended its online continuing education (CE/CEU) library for mental health professionals, nurses and allied healthcare workers to include a new course entitled, Schizophrenia: Understanding, Assessing, and Preventing Medical Comorbidity. Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental illness affecting approximately 1% of the population. While significant progress has been made in managing its psychiatric manifestations, the medical needs of schizophrenic patients are often neglected resulting in elevated rates of various medical problems (i.e., medical comorbidity) which complicate overall adjustment and contribute to increased mortality rates. As people with schizophrenia receive the majority of their care in mental health settings, clinicians have a unique opportunity to improve the quality-of-life of their patients. This online CE course presents theory- and evidence-based information regarding medical problems found in people with schizophrenia, the assessment of medical comorbidity and modifiable risk factors, and interventions that facilitate the prevention and management of medical problems among schizophrenics.All of HFO's CE/CEU courses are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective as health professionals have free ongoing access to course updates beyond completion of the CE activity.

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Schizophrenic patients suffer from elevated rates of various medical problems, known as medical comorbidity, which complicates adjustment and contributes to increased mortality rates. Moreover, these medical problems are often undetected and untreated until they are in the advanced stages and less responsive to medical intervention.

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) online provider of continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals announces the addition of a new online CE/CEU course, Schizophrenia: Understanding, Assessing, and Preventing Medical Comorbidity, to their extensive online CE/CEU resource library.

Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of the U.S. population. The positive (e.g., hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking) and negative. (e.g., reduced emotional expression, speech, and motivation) symptoms of Schizophrenia affect an individual's ability to function across multiple domains, including work, school, relationships, and daily functioning. In recent years, antipsychotic medications have helped manage the positive symptoms, whereas psychosocial interventions have targeted the negative symptoms and functional deficits found in this population.

However, despite the progress made in managing the psychiatric manifestations of schizophrenia, the medical needs of these patients are often neglected. Dr. Rodoletz, the co-founder and Director of HFO's Continuing Education Program notes that, "Schizophrenic patients suffer from elevated rates of various medical problems, known as medical comorbidity, which complicates adjustment and contributes to increased mortality rates. Moreover, these medical problems are often undetected and untreated until they are in the advanced stages and less responsive to medical intervention."

As people with schizophrenia receive the majority of their care in mental health settings, clinicians have a unique opportunity to improve the quality-of-life of their patients by providing appropriate behavioral interventions aimed at preventing and/or managing disease comorbidity. Toward that end, this online CE course presents theory- and evidence-based information in three primary areas. First, a discussion of the medical problems found in people with schizophrenia, including risk factors associated with these illnesses is presented. Second, an overview of the assessment of medical comorbidity and modifiable risk factors in this population is provided. Lastly, interventions that facilitate the prevention and management of medical problems among schizophrenics are discussed.

Health professionals need to have fast, convenient and cost-effective resources for state-of the-science education. HealthForumOnline keeps its course content current with frequent updates based on emerging research, notifying customers when their purchased CE course has been updated and enabling them to review these updates for free online even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate. In this way, health professionals make a true investment in their continuing education each time they purchase one of our CE/CEU courses. HealthForumOnline's online CE resource library has 19 categories of topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women's health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality, LGBT issues). Psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can now chose from over 66 courses available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Health professionals can log on and complete CE courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere they have Internet access. CE certificates can be downloaded, printed and reprinted at any time to meet licensure renewal needs.

For more information on this course or a complete listing of titles in our online CE resource library, visit HealthForumOnline.com.

About HealthForumOnline:

HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and several state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. HFO's CE Program's Advisory Committee and authors are comprised of over 60 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.

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