Free CME: Management of Pediatric Health in Primary Care
Presenters: Dr. Asna Matin; Dr. Lauren Havel; Dr. Ashok YerramsettiAssistant Professor; Assistant Professor; Psychiatry Fellow
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Baylor College of Medicine
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Overview: 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.
There is great variation among general pediatricians and primary care clinicians in training and comfort with assessing and treating patients with mental health problems. This is further complicated by lack of access to appropriate mental health resources, especially if practicing in an underserved area. One area of mental health where this issue is pronounced is suicide risk assessment and management. The ethical quandires posed by the potential lack of mental health care for children and adolescents with suicidality are important considerations.
Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participants should be able to:
• Recognize the risk factors for suicide and signs and symptoms of mental health conditions associated with suicide risk.
• Develop skills in talking to parents and kids about suicide
• Discuss ethical considerations that come up in treating suicidal youth
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.
This activity has been designated by Baylor College of Medicine for 1 credit of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.