The population with schizophrenia has a high rate of obesity and dies 25 years prematurely, most commonly because of cardiovascular disease. Psychosocial weight control practices are effective in clinical trials, but rarely used in routine care. These practices need to be tailored to the cognitive deficits found in the population with schizophrenia; to the capacity of the clinic; and to the preferences of the population.
This presentation discusses a study that evaluated the implementation and effectiveness of a tailored in-person evidence-based weight management program delivered in four mental health clinics and including over 800 patients. Results of the implementation of the weight intervention and the patient outcomes will be presented. Implementation of such a tailored weight management program in usual care clinics will be discussed including access to educational tools (for patients and clinicians) to help with uptake of this needed service.
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
- Recite the impact of obesity on mortality in the population with schizophrenia
- Know how to measure body mass index
- Explain the role of patient-, clinic-, and organizational-level data in quality improvement for weight management programs
Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, Psychiatrist, Physician (Non-Psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Social Worker, Peer Specialist/Peer Support
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Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours
Program Start Date: January 31, 2019
Program End Date: January 31, 2022
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Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.
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The APA designates this enduring CME event 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.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Amy N. Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, UCLA. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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