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Ethical and Social Considerations for Prescribing Psychotropics - Psychopharmacology: A Comprehensive Review

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
Rated 4.6 out of 5.0 based on 1527 reviews

Course Summary

Psychopharmacology is an intensive area of healthcare that requires ongoing scientific research and study by health clinicians. It has evolved as an interdisciplinary area of psychiatry based on the medical study of the brain and nervous system. Drug treatment of mental health disorders are continuously evolving as a result of the pharmacy industry focus on new drug research to improve effective treatment. Professional and health regulatory organizational mandates to develop treatment guidelines and to address ethical dilemmas related to drug therapy of mental disorders require that clinicians conform to legal requirements and medical algorithms of treatment. This is the fifth in a five-part series on psychopharmacology.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.          Ethical Dilemmas

III.        Patient Advocacy

1.   Cost of Medication and Insurance

2.   Medicaid

3.   Homelessness

IV.         Prescription Drug Use And Addiction

V.           Family Participation In Treatment

VI.         Employment Options

1.   Benefit of Employment

2.   Re-employment for Reintegration Process

3.   Surviving Stigma

4.   Legalities of Mentally Ill Individuals in the Workforce

5.   Responding to Discrimination

VII.      Social Interactions And Response To Treatment

1.   Psychosocial Treatment

2.   Social Stressors

3.   Social Skills Training

4.   Social Networking

5.   Risk of Violence

VIII.    Summary


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