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Depression [2011 update]

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Educational Materials
Release Date: Mon, 1/1/18
Termination Date: Tue, 12/31/19
Credits: 1
Description: Depression is common, under diagnosed and under treated. Its presentation, functional impact and responsiveness to treatment are quite different in primary care than psychiatric practice. New therapeutic agents have substantially increased the likelihood of treating depression successfully while minimizing side effects. This self-study activity provides practical guidance to primary care clinicians concerning key aspects of care for depression and how to implement that care in practice. Key aspects of care include:
  • Recognizing depression
  • Treating it aggressively and effectively
  • Prescribing cost-effectively

This update includes:
  • Expanded list of common diagnoses associated with depression.
  • Latest treatment recommendations based on STAR*D data.
  • Updated information on pharmacologic therapy, side effects, and drug availability and costs.
  • Expanded description of psychotherapeutic approaches.
  • Expanded table of guidelines, clinical cues and critical points for the use of all antidepressants, including augmentation therapies.
Educational Objectives: Participants in this CME activity will understand and be able to implement evidence-based cost-effective clinical strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of depressive disorders in adults.
Target Audience: This self-study activity is appropriate for primary care clinicians and other health care providers providing care for adults with depression.
Accreditation Information: The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: July 2011

Termination Date: August 2020

Continued availability of CME credit for this activity depends on a thorough review of its content every three years. This activity was last reviewed for currency and accuracy in September 2017, and availability of CME credit continued.

Additional Info: Authors:
Thomas L. Schwenk, MD; Family Medicine
Linda B. Terrell, MD; General Internal Medicine
R. Van Harrison, PhD; Medical Education
Marcia A. Valenstein, MD; Psychiatry
Amy L. Tremper, MD; Obstetrics & Gynecology

Financial Disclosure Information:
There are no financial relationships to disclose for this CME activity.

UMHS Guidelines Oversight Team:
Grant Greenberg, MD, MA, MHSA
R. Van Harrison, PhD

Literature Search Services:
Taubman Medical Library

Credits available:

AMA PRA Category 1: 1.00
Participation: 1.00