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Activity Date: 04/17/2023

Session Time and Location

Date: Monday, 04/17/2023

Time: 7:30 AM (view in the schedule)

Room: CB II-IV

Target Audience

If you are a pharmacist, nurse practitioner, or other health care professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders, we invite you to participate in this online course.

Session Summary

As threats such as war, persecution, and natural disasters around the world continue, it is estimated that 1 in 100 individuals will become a refugee in the near future. Psychiatric pharmacists can play an important role supporting individual members of the refugee population who experience depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, which occur at higher rates than the general population. However, pharmacists must be trained to support the mental health of this population and reduce barriers to accessing care. Cultural differences not only impact the willingness of members of a refugee population to seek treatment, but if treatment is sought, these individuals often face racism, bias, and discrimination from health care providers. In the session, participants will explore factors impacting mental health and identify cultural considerations when working with the refugee population to establish culturally sensitive care.

Published Research Related to this Session: 

  • Javanbakht A. Addressing war trauma in Ukrainian refugees before it is too late. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2022 Aug 5;13(2):2104009. doi: 10.1080/20008066.2022.2104009. PMID: 35959204; PMCID: PMC9359191.
  • Abu Suhaiban H, Grasser LR, Javanbakht A. Mental Health of Refugees and Torture Survivors: A Critical Review of Prevalence, Predictors, and Integrated Care. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jun 28;16(13):2309. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16132309. PMID: 31261840; PMCID: PMC6651013.
  • Grasser LR, Javanbakht A. Treatments of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Civilian Populations. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 Feb 8;21(2):11. doi: 10.1007/s11920-019-0994-3. PMID: 30734097.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the opportunities and challenges of caring for the mental health needs of the refugee population.
  2. Discuss the cultural considerations when working with the refugee population.
  3. Describe how pharmacists can provide culturally sensitive care to meet the needs of refugee populations.
  4. Identify key resources providers may utilize to help support best practice care with the refugee population.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

ACPEThe American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

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