Depression: Pearls for Management in Primary Care
It is commonly difficult to obtain timely mental health referrals in many communities across the country, but many patients seen by primary care practitioners suffer from depression. Hence, primary care clinicians are commonly the first point of contact and treatment for patients with depression. This activity will review procedures to screen for depression, the relative efficacy of different antidepressants, and when to switch or augment antidepressant therapy. In addition, Dr. Smetana will discuss one of the most important factors in drug selection, i.e. how to exploit side effect profiles to advantage of patients.
Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP (Reviewer): Speaker’s Bureau for AstraZeneca; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Consultant for AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Lilly. Advisory Board for Pfizer, Inc.
Patrick Alguire, MD, FACP (Reviewer): Stock Holder for Amgen Inc; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Express Scripts; GlaxoSmithKline PLC; Medtronic Inc; Stryker Corporation; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
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