This course is intended to teach the importance of treating behavioral health disorders that frequently exist alongside chronic physical health disorders, or comorbidities. Patients with chronic health disorders are costly to treat and sometimes overutilize the healthcare system. Through best practices and supporting self-management, these patients can see an improvement in their health outcomes and well-being. Providers will also see improved patient satisfaction scores as they focus on keeping patients healthy and regularly follow-up with their patients.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Comorbidities: Physical and Behavioral Health A. Marathon Runner to Comorbidities B. Behavioral Health Comorbidities Facts and Statistics C. Physical Health Comorbidities Facts and Statistics D. How do Behavioral Health Disorders Affect Comorbidities? E. Cost Effectiveness Challenges F. Integrate Behavioral Health Care and Primary Care G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Creating an Action Plan for Patients A. Definition of Patient Action Plan for Comorbidities B. Behavioral Health Screenings C. Patient-Focused Action Plans D. Parts of the Patient Action Plan E. Review F. Summary Section 4: Self-Management A. Self-Management Definition B. Educating Patients on Self-Management C. Adherence to the Patient Action Plan D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Social Determinants of Health A. Definition of Social Determinants of Health B. 5 Key Topics C. Evaluating Social Determinants of Health D. Review E. Summary Section 6: Nutrition Counseling A. Nutrition for Patients with Comorbidities B. Alcohol and Smoking C. Dietician Referrals D. Review E. Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary
Dr. Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Psychologist who has extensive clinical and administrative expertise working in the field of Behavioral healthcare at the county and state levels in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has served as a Federal contractor in Behavioral Health. His work supported research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, the Military Operational Medicine Psychological Research Program at Ft. Detrick, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Silver Spring, MD. For nine years he was the Director of State Operated Mental Health programs for At-Risk youth in Butner, North Carolina. He developed a number of webinars and a Peer Training course in Older Adult Behavioral Health Literacy for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and National Libraries of Medicine. He served as Director of a Wellness and Recovery program in Gaithersburg, MD. Disclosure: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Staff Writer: Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN, has worked in ambulatory care, acute care, and occupational health with her most recent position as clinical coordinator in primary care. As clinical coordinator, she was responsible for quality improvement, care coordination and education, clinical staff training and compliance, and overall safety of the clinic. She also participated in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other healthcare improvement initiatives. Additionally, she has experience in hospital-affiliated urgent care where she provided patient care utilizing quality improvement measures, served as nurse preceptor, and nurse IT liaison. Alisa currently works at Relias Learning where she serves as content writer and subject matter expert for various healthcare topics. Disclosure: Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Expert Reviewer: Christopher Reist, MD, MBA
Dr. Reist is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He has served as Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine and the Director of Medical Research for the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Formerly, he served as Chief of Mental Health, overseeing full service mental health care delivery to over 50,000 enrollees at the Long Beach VA Healthcare System. He was the Associate Director of the Southern California VA Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), which is focused on improving long-term outcomes in chronic psychotic disorders through basic/clinical research and dissemination of evidence-based practices. Dr. Reist’s clinical interests include schizophrenia, impulsivity, PTSD, pharmacogenomics, and psychopharmacology. DoD, NIMH, and VA Medical Research have supported his research. Dr. Reist is a Distinguished Fellow of the Psychiatric Association, has been recognized as an Exemplary Psychiatrist by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and is included in Best Doctors 2007-2019. He is the author of two books and over 75 original scientific articles. Disclosure: Christopher Reist, MD, MBA discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Alkermes as Grant/Research Support All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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