Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, June 27, 2016
What's NEW at Athena Forum

Coming Soon:

Courses with minor changes to be published this summer include:

  • Harm Risk Behaviors
  • Abuse

Major updates to the Depression course will soon be available as well. Look for a new feature - Chapter summaries - which highlight key points from each chapter within the module.

Tips from our featured course

What is Needed to Provide the Greatest Help

"Behind every behavior there is a reason. If we want to provide the greatest help we must understand both the symptom and the behavior."

Betsy B. Waterman, PhD, CAS, MS, BS
Licensed Psychologist, State of New York

Mental disorders are common both in the United States (U.S.) and internationally and are associated with a significant burden of morbidity and mortality that affects the lives and well-being of millions.

Lifetime prevalence rates for any type of psychological disorder are higher than previously thought and are growing.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 7 million adults, 6.7% of all U.S. adults aged 18 or older, had at least one major depressive episode in 2014.

[Sneak Peek-Depression, Module A, Prevalence and Impact]

Depression: Patient Engagement Under-Achieved

Patient engagement in healthcare is increasingly recognized as essential for promoting the health of individuals and populations.

To talk about patient-centered care is ubiquitous in modern healthcare. The challenge lies in turning the rhetoric into reality by routinely engaging patients in decision making.

Depending upon the context several terms are often bandied about and used interchangeably, including:

  • Patient engagement
  • Patient-centered care
  • Shared decision making (SDM)

At a minimum, SDM is the key to successful patient engagement and the achievement of patient-centered care.

[Sneak Peek-Depression, Module E, Access and Barriers to Care]

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