Module E: Pharmaceutical Treatment and Management

CE Credits: 1.75

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Because pharmacotherapy is a primary intervention used to treat patients at risk of suicide, this module explores how different medications can help patients with various kinds of underlying mental illness. The module begins by looking at medication management: the process of assessing patients’ various medications, helping them organize their pill regimen, and also being mindful of possible interaction or conflicts. Next, the module details the specific types of medications (and possible risks related to them) for various mental illnesses, such as depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder and addiction. Last, the module explores how the complexities of these medications can affect special populations—children and adolescents, the elderly and women of childbearing age.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Describe the use of pharmacotherapy for suicidal ideation
» Discuss medication management and the role of the clinical pharmacist
» Review medications for treatment of depression
» Discuss medications for treatment of bipolar disorder
» Identify medications for treatment of psychosis
» Describe medications for treatment of drug and alcohol abuse
» Discuss treatment associated with special populations

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Advance your professional practice:: Because CMs have a special relationship with our patients, we are in a good position to assist them in understanding their medications, helping them with medication adherence, and also helping them solve problems as they manage their suicidal thinking.

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Improve organizational performance: Patients who struggle with suicidal ideation are at high risk for emergency room visits and hospitalization. By understanding the benefits and risks of various medications, every member of the team can prevent emergencies and hospitalizations and support patients with mental illnesses.