Depression Practice Review available in express version


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The latest Pharmacy Practice Review developed by NPS MedicineWise is available in an express version, which NPS says makes it a perfect choice for time-poor pharmacists to earn CPD credits.

Depression: Supporting quality use of antidepressants highlights opportunities for pharmacists to support patients starting or continuing antidepressant treatment, and addresses common misconceptions and common barriers to best practice.

Aine Heaney, NPS MedicineWise spokesperson and pharmacist says, “Pharmacists have an important role in supporting patient understanding of antidepressants, by asking questions, providing advice and supporting the information needs of patients.

“After completing this activity, pharmacists will be able to discuss with patients the use of antidepressants as part of a broader management plan to manage depression, including psychological treatments and supportive approaches.

“The Pharmacy Practice Review is a reflective learning activity, and for the first time is available both as an express version requiring 5 patient encounters, or a full version requiring 10 patient encounters, making it a more flexible CPD activity.”

Expert commentary about the findings will be provided by reviewer Dr Claire O’Reilly (community pharmacist and lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney).

Participants can choose from:

  1. Express version: record & reflect on data for 5 patient encounters (for 10 CPD credits), or
  2. Full version: record & reflect on data 10 patient encounters (for 16 CPD credits).

Participants also have free access to:

  • Up-to-date clinical guidance which provides evidence-based information and practical advice to update knowledge and guide counselling encounters with patients
  • Pharmacist tools that inform and support best practice discussions with patients.

 

NPS MedicineWise has also developed a case study, Tailoring initial treatment in depression: Re-examining the options, with content customised for pharmacists and eligible for 2 CPD credits.

Find out more at www.nps.org.au/depression

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