Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder characterized by disrupted neurochemical pathways, thought processes, emotions, and social interactions. While schizophrenia is a heterogeneous disease both across and within patients, it is nonetheless a debilitating disorder for many individuals. An estimated 0.25% to 0.75% of the population suffer from schizophrenia, resulting in about 20.9 million cases and 13.4 million years of life lived with disability worldwide. The goals of treatment for schizophrenia should include not only reducing the number of acute psychotic episodes and reducing the risk for future relapse but also improving quality of life and function beyond symptom relief, such as outcomes related to school, work, and relationships. To achieve these goals, a combination of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions are recommended. Although current guidelines are explicit about the importance of engaging patients in goal setting and valuing patient preferences, psychiatrists not uncommonly undervalue the importance of improving daily living and capacity for work, suggesting an important practice gap.
Psychiatrists and primary care physicians; nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists who specialize in psychiatry; and those who otherwise commonly care for or clinically encounter patients who have schizophrenia.
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Release Date: November 27, 2020 -- Expiration Date: November 27, 2022
Faculty: Joseph Pierre, MD
Faculty introduction, disclosures
Primer on schizophrenia
Updates in schizophrenia treatment and strategies for barriers to care
Summary, conclusions, and best practice recap
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Faculty Disclosure: Joseph M. Pierre, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine, has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, CEO of ScientiaCME, has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
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Roberto Castaños, MD, has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Ira D. Glick, MD is a stockholder of Johnson and Johnson and has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Indivior.
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