Needs Statement/Target Audience
Bipolar disorder is a devastating psychiatric disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and current epidemiology supports the estimate of 5% for the prevalence of bipolar disorder in the general population. Bipolar disorder is not a single disease state, but rather exists as a continuum of more subtle mental state changes. It is a chronic disease, characterized by depressive, manic or hypomanic, and mixed episodes. This psychiatric syndrome is often confused with unipolar depression, as patients with bipolar disorder spend the majority of their symptomatic time in a depressed rather than manic state. Comorbidities, including personality disorders, substance and alcohol abuse or dependence, and anxiety disorders, further complicate the assessment and treatment of this disease. As such, this activity has been planned in accordance with the need to provide psychiatrists and other health care providers with several continuing and emerging areas of importance in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder.
Educational Activity Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, the participants should be able to:
- Screen patients for bipolar disorder and associated comorbidities with appropriate techniques and tools
- Differentiate bipolar disorder from other psychiatric conditions
- Describe effective pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment strategies
- Discuss side effects of medications used in the acute and maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder
- Incorporate evidence-based clinical data and guidelines into one’s clinical practice
The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The France Foundation designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity is eligible for CME credit from July 2007 through July 31, 2008.
The France Foundation presents this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation and AstraZeneca assume no liability for the information herein.
It is the policy of The France Foundation to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in this activity will disclose to the participants any significant financial interest or other relationship with manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s)/device(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services included in this educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent a faculty member with a relevant financial or other relationship from participating in the activity, but rather to provide participants with information on which they can base their own judgments. The France Foundation has identified and resolved any and all faculty conflicts of interest prior to the release of this activity.
Please go to the Disclosure Statement to learn more about the faculty members' relationships with commercial interests.
Method of Participation For Receiving CME Credit
The MEASUREme™ Resource Module, which consists of PowerPoint® slides with speaker notes and patient tools, should take approximately 3.0 hours to complete. The participant should, in the order listed below
- Read the objectives and other introductory information herein
- View the material in the Resource Module Online
- Complete the Attestation/Evaluation Form/CME Posttest
- To receive credit, fax or mail the completed forms to The France Foundation
- Participants who complete the Attestation/Evaluation Form/CME Posttest will be issued a CME certificate within one month of submission to The France Foundation
Participants have the opportunity to comment on the quality of the instructional process, the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness, the perception of commercial bias, and his or her views on future educational needs. To receive credit for this activity, follow the instructions provided on the Attestation/Evaluation Form/CME Posttest. CME credit will be valid through July 31, 2008.
Instructions for Obtaining CME Credit
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To receive CME credit, complete the Attestation/Evaluation Form/CME Posttest and fax or mail the completed forms to:
The France Foundation
230 Shore Road, Suite 202
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371
Toll Free Telephone: (866) 856-1998
Fax: (860) 434-5390
For further information or additional copies of handout materials, please contact a MEASUREme™ representative at the contact information above.