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Suicide Prevention:
Pharma Management

Can you:

  1. Describe the use of pharmacotherapy for suicidal ideation
  2. Discuss medication management and the role of the clinical pharmacist
  3. Discuss medications for treatment of bipolar disorder
  4. Identify medications for treatment of psychosis
  5. Describe medications for treatment of drug and alcohol abuse
  6. Discuss treatment associated with special populations
You can if you complete Harm Risk Behaviors
Module E!

[Reference: Harm Risk Behaviors, Module E, Pharmacology Treatment and Management]

  Excellence in Case Mgmt  

Suicide Prevention: CM Role

CMs have opportunities for expanding their base to include behavioral and mental health issues. Fortunately, CMs are well equipped to accept and excel in these roles because they have a unique blend of abilities and skills that combine:

  • Academic abilities with practical applications
  • Theoretical skills with common sense
The impetus to master the area of behavioral and mental health is also driven by the need to deliver safe, effective, high quality patient care. After all, this is the purpose of the CM professional.

[Reference: Harm Risk Behaviors, Module F, CM Role]

  Improving Patient Care...  

Suicide Prevention: Non-Adherence Raises Risk

A wide variety of pharmaceutical interventions are used to reduce suicide risk including:

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Mood Stabilizers
Many of the conditions which raise the risk of suicide are treatable, but many affected individuals neither seek professional help nor adhere to recommended pharmacological treatments. For those with suicidal ideation the risk of suicide rises with non-adherence.

[Reference: Harm Risk Behaviors, Module E, Pharmacology Treatment and Management]


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