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Session Time

Date: Thursday, 10/12/2023

Time: 2:00 PM (view in the schedule)

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.

BCPPs desiring an evidence-based focus on an emerging area of practice and contemporary issues in psychiatric pharmacy at the specialist level are the intended audience of this recertification activity. This activity is designed for BCPPs who learn best from didactic presentations, are auditory and visual learners, and/or who learn best from hands-on-learning and dialoguing with specialist faculty and colleagues.


Session Summary

Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) have increased risk for developing MDD and this relationship is bidirectional, with similar mechanisms linking the disease states. Guidelines and organizations provide recommendations for depression screening in patients with DM. Several studies evaluated the safety and efficacy of antidepressants for treatment of MDD in patients with DM. However, not all clinicians are familiar with the literature and may be uncertain about preferred depression monitoring and treatment options. This presentation will address how psychiatric pharmacists can help address this gap as psychotropic medication experts and provide recommendations. The presentation will also discuss why this overlap with MDD and DM is so common and how we can help destigmatize it. Knowledge about the treatment of these co-occurring conditions is beneficial so that patients receive proper treatment regardless of the setting in which they seek care.

Course Requirements

To receive ACPE credit for this session, you must:

  • Sign in (or create a FREE account).
  • Register for this course.
  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date.
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity.
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date.
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by AAPP to CPE Monitor.

Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported within 24 hours to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online in their ACPE Transcript.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Benjamin Chavez, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP

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Learning Objectives

  1. Create a diabetes distress or depression screening plan for patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) in the primary care setting.
  2. Recommend strategies to reduce stressors contributing to a patient's diabetes distress.
  3. Develop a plan to optimize treatment for patients with depression and DM.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 10/12/2023 - 10/12/2025
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.25
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-23-015-H01-P (Application)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

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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