About this module

This module addresses the complexities surrounding various treatment aspects within psychiatric illness, with particular reference to schizophrenia. Pharmaco-therapeutic emphasis is on long-acting injectable antipsychotics as alternatives to oral preparations. Reference is made in this regard to clinical correlates as to when both modalities should be considered. The module addresses the varied and complex dynamics that act as obstacles to patient compliance, which include factors such as poor insight, preconceived social stigma and side effect profiles of the medications. It also discusses the interesting phenomenon of Penrose’s Law while illustrating how it applies within the realm of psychiatry in Ireland. On completion of the module the candidate should have a better understanding of when oral and injectable antipsychotic medications should be considered, as well as an appreciation for the vast and varied factors that govern therapeutic compliance in a disease process that itself at times directly undermines a patient’s ability to comply. While all facets of the areas addressed are in no way linear, reference is made to evidence based data.

To earn CME credit, follow these steps:

  • Complete the 10 True or False questions in the Pre-Module Assessment. These questions are designed to assess your current knowledge.
  • Study the educational content.
  • Complete the 5 MCQs that follow the case study. After each question, you will be able to see whether you answered correctly and will then read evidence-based information that supports the most appropriate answer choice. These questions are part of the educational content and are designed to challenge you. You will not be penalised for answering the questions incorrectly.
  • Complete the 10 True or False questions in the Post-Module Assessment. These questions are designed to demonstrate that the module has improved your knowledge base on this topic.
  • On attaining a score of 70% of more on the Post-Module Assessment, the assigned CPD credits will be logged to your personal CPD activity log. You may view or print a verification certificate when required or print off an email stating the name of the module, the authors details and the CPD hours. You will not be able to alter the certificate or log. The credit that you receive is based on your user profile.
  • By providing information on how the module has enhanced your knowledge and/or practice, you may qualify for additional CPD credits during a CPD review.
  • DoctorCPD encourages you to complete the Activity Evaluation to provide feedback to guide us in the future development of this site.

Each DoctorCPD module is designed to be completed within the time designated on the Module Introduction page. This is an estimate of the maximum time required to complete the specific module and is determined by the format and content of the module. Users should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent on the activity.

To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online, and receive a minimum score of 70% on the post-module assessment.

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