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How Adding a Clinical Pharmacist Improves Access to Addiction Care

Presenter(s): Ben Miskle, PharmD and Alison Lynch, MD, MS

Target Audience: This activity is designed for Pharmacists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, and Social Workers. This activity is accredited for Pharmacists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, and Social Workers.

Credit Designations Available:
 Pharmacy CE Credit, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Nursing Contact Hours, Social Work CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit

Webinar Description: There is a shortage of psychiatrists to meet the mental health needs of patients in the United States and this shortage was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The incidence of substance use disorders (SUD) increased significantly during the pandemic and there is an insufficient number of physicians trained to meet patient needs. This gap creates problems across the health care system for providers, patients, and caregivers. One solution to this problem is integrating other members of the health care team to expand access to mental health and substance use treatments. Clinical pharmacists have extensive knowledge on pharmacologic treatment of SUD and are often underutilized resources. This presentation will highlight a successful model of how health care professionals can work together to coordinate and optimize care of patients living with SUD. The role of the psychiatric pharmacist as a partner in SUD care in different treatment settings will be explored and discussed.

Educational Objectives:

  • Describe how health care professionals can successfully work together to coordinate and optimize care of patients with substance use disorders (SUD).
  • Examine the role of the pharmacist as a member of the interprofessional SUD team and the impact on patient care outcomes.
  • Identify SUD treatment settings where pharmacists can be integrated and the enhanced services that can be provided
Certificate Instructions
In order to receive maximum credit, learners must:
1. Complete the learning material located under Course Content
2: Start and complete the Survey in reference to this activity.
3: Start and complete the final course Evaluation to assess plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4: Following your completion of the evaluation, you must select and claim CE or your preferred certificate type on the next page. Once claimed, a download button will appear in your transcript. If you do not see the download button or can not access your certificate, return to the course evaluation, and claim your preferred credit/certificate. 
Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 and grant no. 1H79TI085588 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.

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