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How Adding a Clinical Pharmacist Improves Access to Addiction Care

March 9, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Ben Miskle, PharmD, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Alison Lynch, MD, MS, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Sponsor: American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)

Cost: No Fee

Target audience: Physicians, nurse practitioners or other advanced practice nurses, PAs, social workers, and pharmacists

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

About the webinar: 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 healthcare system for providers, patients and caregivers. One solution to this problem is integrating other members of the healthcare 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 healthcare 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:  At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • 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.

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March 9, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Providers’ Clinical Support System (PCSS)