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Getting to Goal for ADHD: New Strategies for the Continuum of Patients with ADHD

Release Date: January 2009
Expiration Date: July 2010

TARGET AUDIENCE
The target audience for this activity is practicing osteopathic physicians in a primary care setting.

STATEMENT OF NEED
Since ADHD can potentially have a severely detrimental impact on the lives of affected patients, it is important to rapidly identify the condition and provide effective treatment. Education is needed to remove barriers to the physician and patient relationship in determining the appropriate therapy. Physicians can improve detection by considering the ways in which impairments change over time, and being mindful of the common comorbidities that often lead adults to seek treatment. In recent years there has been a substantial increase in the availability of medications that are approved for the treatment of ADHD in children, adolescents and adults. In addition, studies are now beginning to provide information about the potential role of psychosocial treatments in this population. Although there are important ethical and safety issues that need to be considered when prescribing medications to children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD, with proper evaluation and management, the disorder can be treated safely and with considerable benefit to the patient and his or her family, friends, and co-workers. This activity will provide insight from a panel of notable health care experts regarding the need to improve the proper recognition and appropriate treatment of ADHD.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the key differentiating characteristics of ADHD across the continuum of patients
  • Describe available screening tools for diagnosing ADHD
  • Outline current therapies and management strategies for ADHD
  • Construct a management plan for ADHD patients that includes pharmacologic, behavioral management, and collaborative interventions

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
This educational activity is sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The AOA has designated this on demand interactive monograph CME activity for 1.0 hours of credit in Category 1B.

FACULTY INFORMATION
Joseph Molnar, DO, FACOFP
Floyd County Family Medical Center
Charles City, IA

Ann Childress, MD
President
Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Inc.
Volunteer Assistant Professor
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Las Vegas, NV

Julie A. Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences
University of Southern California
Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Margaret Wilkins, DO
DME and Family Practice Residency Program Director
St. Joseph's Hospital Family Practice Center
Reading, PA

INSTRUCTIONS
There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of January 2009 through July 2010, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; 3) complete the posttest by recording the best answer to each questions; and 4) complete the evaluation form.

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest witha score of 70% or better.

FEE
There is no fee for this educational activity.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT
Supported by an educational grant from McNeil Pediatrics administered by Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.

DISCLOSURE DECLARATION
It is the policy of the accreditors to insure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in any Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC supported activities are expected to disclose to the activity audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing education activity. This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic. The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation. It is merely intended that any potential conflict should be identified openly so that the listeners may form their own judgments about the presentation with the full disclosure of the facts. It remains for the audience to determine whether the speaker's outside interests may reflect a possible bias in either the exposition or the conclusions presented.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Name of Faculty or Presenter Reported Financial Relationship
Joseph Molnar, DO, FACOFP No financial interest/relationships with financial interests relating to the topic of this activity
Ann Childress, MD Speakers Bureau and Consultant: Shire, Novartis
Grant Support: Shire, Novartis, Eli Lilly, Abbott
Julie Ann Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP Honoraria for educational programs: Shire, McNeil Pediatrics, Forest, Takeda
Margaret Wilkins, DO No financial interest/relationships with financial interests relating to the topic of this activity

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Christine Sacchetti (Impact Education, LLC) No financial interest/relationships with financial interests relating to the topic of this activity

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
PC
Microsoft Windows 2000 SE or above.
Flash Player Plugin (v8 or greater)
Internet Explorer (v5.5 or greater), or Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader*

MAC
MAC OS 10.2.8
Flash Player Plugin (v8 or greater)
Safari
Adobe Acrobat Reader*
Internet Explorer is not supported on the Macintosh.

* Required to view printable (PDF) version of the lesson.

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