Case Studies in Screening for and Addressing Depression in HIV Positive Clients

Case Studies in Screening for and Addressing Depression in HIV Positive Clients: A STEP-HIV Initiative

Release Date: December 5, 2017
Expiration Date: December 5, 2018
Estimated Time to Complete: 1.0 hours

Case Studies in Screening for and Addressing Depression in HIV Positive Clients: A STEP-HIV Initiative

Release date: December 5, 2017
Expiration date: December 5, 2018
Estimated time to complete: 1.0 hours
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Jointly Provided by:Support for this activity has been made possible through
an educational grant from Gilead Sciences

Activity Description
To achieve optimal health outcomes, people living with HIV require continuous access to quality care and treatment for HIV as well as for their other health conditions. (Institute of Medicine 2012) However at the same time, it has been documented that there are an insufficient number of health care professionals with the necessary expertise to care for the growing number of individuals living with HIV. (IOM 2011, Kirch 2012, Reif 2012) This webinar is the latest in a series of Special Training for Effective Providers in HIV (STEP-HIV) initiatives developed by ACTHIV and the American Academy of CME, Inc. to promote HIV workforce development through education for healthcare professionals who are in training or who are in practice but are new to HIV medicine.

This free interactive CME/CNE-Certified webinar will focus on depression in those living with HIV. It will provide a foundation for providers caring for these patients and offer strategies for members of the healthcare team to better identify and address their patients’ depression, and ultimately improve their quality of life.

Activity Agenda

  • What those who care for people living with HIV need to know about depression
  • Interactions between depression and other psychiatric co-morbidities in those with HIV
  • Strategies for the care team to better identify and address depression in their patients

Activity Faculty

Glenn J Treisman, MD, PhD
Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine
Director of the AIDS Psychiatry Service
Co-Director of the Chronic Pain Treatment Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Faculty Bio

Glenn J Treisman, MD, PhD, is internationally known for his engaging presentations, his scholarly defense of psychiatry, and his vigorous commitment to the betterment of patient care for underserved populations. He is best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of HIV, where he has been described as “the father of AIDS psychiatry.” He is involved in the care of psychiatrically ill HIV infected patients and has been since early in the epidemic, and has described and raised awareness of the role of mental illness as a driving force in the HIV epidemic as well as a barrier to effective care. He is the author of The Psychiatry of AIDS, the first comprehensive textbook on the subject, as well as numerous articles on the issues of mental health in the HIV clinic. He was recognized for this work by the American College of Physicians with the presentation of the William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Mental Health in 2006.

Starting with his PhD in Pharmacology and his background in geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Treisman has worked at the interface between medicine and psychiatry, and has become a noted clinical expert on depression, addiction, personality disorders, chronic pain, and the interaction between psychiatric disorders and medical illness. From 2011 through 2017, with selection based upon peer surveys, Dr. Treisman appeared among Baltimore Magazine’s Top Doctors as well as The Best Doctors in America. His lectures on psychiatry and medical ethics have earned him international invitations and eponymous lectures including the prestigious Mapother Lecture in London and Findling Lecture at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. John G. Bartlett has referred to his lecture on DNR orders and medical ethics as “the Gettysburg Address of medicine”. He is invited to give grand rounds presentations throughout the United States, and is a favorite at HIV meetings and courses throughout the world.

Learning Objectives

After participating in the activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Explain major depression and the distinction between demoralization and depression
  • Discuss the increased risk for depression in patients with HIV
  • Identify the interactions between depression and other psychiatric co-morbidities in those with HIV
  • Explore strategies the healthcare team can utilize to better identify and address depression in their patients with HIV

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians (both specialists and primary care/family medicine), nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are in training or who are in practice but are new to HIV medicine. Other healthcare providers may also participate.

Accreditation and Credit Designation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of American Academy of CME, Inc., (Academy) and ACTHIV. American Academy of CME, Inc., is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this enduring material for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of CME, Inc, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this educational activity for 1.0 contact hours (0.2 Pharmacotherapeutic Contact Hours).

Disclosure Statement
According to the disclosure policy of the Academy, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interests related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity and levels of evidence. Disclosures are as follows:

Glenn J. Treisman, MD, PhD: No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Planning Committee
Sharon Lee, MD, Medical Director, Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Services of Greater Kansas City, (Kansas); President, ACTHIV: No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

John JD Juchniewicz, MCIS, CHCP, and Natalie Kirkwood, RN, BSN, JD, Lead Nurse Planner, American Academy of CME, Inc.: No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

This activity may contain discussion of off-label or investigational information.

The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty, and do not represent those of Academy, ACTHIV or American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is intended as a supplement to existing knowledge, published information, and practice guidelines. Learners should appraise the information presented critically, and draw conclusions only after careful consideration of all available scientific information.

Instructions on How to Receive Credit
There are no fees to participate in the activity. Participants must review the activity information including the learning objectives and disclosure statements, as well as the content of the activity. To receive CME/CNE credit for your participation, please complete the post-test (achieving a passing grade of 80%), and program evaluation. Your certificate will be available for printing immediately.

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