HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BYREADINBTHISfSSUE
The following articles and test are designed to provide psychiatrists with continuing medical education opportunities. Category 1 credits can be earned by reading the material and successfully answering the quiz. Complete instructions are given with the quiz located at the end of the articles.
To assist you in studying the material, this Pretest indicates some of the areas to be covered and will enable you to challenge your present knowledge of these subjects before reading further.
Upon reading this issue of Psychiatric Annals, psychiatrists will have increased knowledge of the importance of depression comorbid with medical illness. This will include heart disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, HiV, diabetes, and neurologic diseases. Psychiatrists will
* Review the common conditions listed above that present comorbidly with (clinical) depression.
* Identify the commonly prescribed psychopharmaceuticals and the side effects they may cause in the conditions listed above.
* Identify decision points for selecting appropriate psychopharmaceuticals in patients with conditions listed above.
1. The prevalence of major depressive disorder in post-myocardial infarction patients is:
2. The most important variable associated with depression in patients with cancer is:
A. Severity of medical illness.
B. Family history of depression.
C. Comorbid substance abuse.
D. Recent losses.
3. One major issue in the research and treatment of depression in HIV-infected persons is:
A. The idea that depression is an expectable response to a terminal illness.
B. The problem of overlapping neurovegetative symptoms of depression and physical symptoms of HIV disease.
C. The lack of available treatments given patients' medical complications.
D. Patients' reticence to enter treatment and nonadherence to treatment plans.
Answers to the Pretest (page 338):
1. C 2. A 3. B