Free CME: Treatment of Depression in Primary Care Setting presented by Dr. Sophia Banu and Ms. Cynthia Conner LCSW

Posted 4 months ago by Michelle Yu

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Pediatricians and primary care providers (PCPs) are the first-line clinicians for children, adolescents, and young adults. The prevalence of psychiatric disorders within this population is high, with depression, anxiety and ADHD being most common. The morbidity and mortality of these disorders is significant, however they remain under-treated. Given the limitations of referral to specialty care, PCPs are tasked with managing these illnesses. Both in our experience working in a consultation center and based on the literature, PCPs face many barriers to doing so, including limitations in knowledge about and comfort in prescribing psychiatric medications.

Depression in adolescents is common, with estimated point prevalences ranging from 9-28% in a community setting, and has a devastating impact on the course of development, including the risk for suicide. Despite its prevalence and severity, depression goes widely unrecognized and undertreated in primary care settings, due to a variety of barriers. Given the limitations of referral to specialty care, pediatricians and primary care providers are the first line in managing adolescent depression. We aim to increase the knowledge and confidence of these providers in diagnosing and managing adolescent depression using evidence-based guidelines.


At the conclusion of the session, the participants should be able to:
• Screen for and diagnose adolescent depression in primary care.
• Describe evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression.
• Outline appropriate management of depression in the clinic setting, focusing on medication management.

Target Audience:

Pediatricians and primary care providers (family practitioners, NPs, PAs) who treat children and adolescents in the outpatient setting.

Educational Methods: Lecture

Activity Evaluation:

Participants may be asked to complete a session evaluation.
Accreditation/Credit Designation: Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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