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Improving Remission Rates in Major Depressive Disorder: A Case-Based Approach

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Overview / Abstract:

MDD is one of the most frequently encountered conditions in clinical psychiatry. Despite the availability of efficacious and well-tolerated medications for the treatment of MDD, only one-third of patients diagnosed with MDD achieve remission with their initial treatment. It is thought that there are over 4 million US adults who are inadequately treated for MDD. Surveys of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians who treat patients with MDD have found that a significant proportion of the respondents’ patients failed to have an adequate response to a trial of one or two antidepressants. When asked what treatment strategies were used beyond first-line therapy, the respondents revealed inconsistent and sometimes inappropriate approaches to management of inadequate MDD treatment response. In particular, the use of adjunctive therapies suggested a need for education on the current evidence for specific MDD treatment strategies. This activity was designed to meet the needs of participants in CME/CE activities provided by the CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., and Medical Education Resources who have requested information on depression.


Nov 30, 2018


Counselor CE, Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME, Psychology CE, Social Work CE



Credits / Hours

2.0 contact hours



Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC
Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Head, Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit
University Health Network
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. and Lundbeck

Keywords / Search Terms

CMEology inadequate response to treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD), MDD, psychiatry, nursing, psychiatric nursing, CME, continuing education, clinical psychiatry, inadequate MDD treatment response Free CE CME

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