Course Need, Goal, Objectives, and Target Audience

Course Need, Goal, Objectives, and Target Audience

Which of your patients are most likely to suffer from depressive disorders? This course discusses the prevalence of major depression and dysthymia in various populations, emphasizing information that is most relevant and helpful to the primary care practitioner. The course explains the major risk factors for depression as well as common psychiatric and medical comorbidities. Health professionals can use this information as background for our other CME courses on screening and treatment of depression in primary care and our medical cases.

Objectives: After completing this course you will be able to
  • Discuss the prevalence rates and impact of major depression and dysthymia in the general population and within specific populations
  • Discuss the prevalence rates of comorbid psychiatric and medical illnesses
  • List the major risk factors for depression
Audience: Healthcare Providers

Obtaining CE credit requires viewing the course contents and completing a post-test and satisfaction survey online at the end of the course. Participation and your CE credits are always free! [DETAILS]

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Development of this course is supported by a grant from Agency, Grant #0000

Copyright © 2004 Clinical Tools, Inc.

Credit Type and Hours: [DETAILS]
  • ACCME toward AMA PRA category 1 for 1.5 hour(s)
  • ACPE for 1.4 contact hours, UPN: 339-000-04-015-H04
ACCME approval: 7/20/04
ACCME expiration: 7/19/05
ACPE approval: 5/27/03
ACPE expiration: 5/27/06
Last content review: 7/6/04
Last editorial review: 7/19/04

Sponsored by: Clinical Tools, Inc.


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Clinical Tools, Inc. requires that all authors participating in CME development disclose their financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or providers of commercial services discussed in this educational presentation and with any commercial supporters of this activity.

This CE activity does not discuss any non-FDA-approved drugs and/or devices.