Supportive Therapy in the Medically Ill: Using Psychiatric Skills to Enhance Primary Care

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OVERVIEW

Supportive therapy is a practical and flexible psychosocial intervention that busy practitioners can use to help patients struggling emotionally with a medical illness. Learn more in this CME journal article.

ABSTRACT

Supportive therapy is a practical, flexible, and patient-centered psychosocial intervention that can help improve outcomes for patients struggling with a wide variety of medical illnesses. Due to its highly adaptable nature, brief supportive therapy can be practiced in busy clinical settings by consultation and liaison psychiatrists and primary care providers. In supportive therapy, the patient and provider work collaboratively to reduce distress and enhance functioning. The available evidence supports the use of supportive therapy techniques in managing the mental health consequences of medical conditions. This narrative review helps primary care providers learn and implement the basic goals and interventions of supportive therapy.

Prim Care Companion CNS Disord 2021;23(1):20nr02758

To cite: Welton RS, Crocker EM. Supportive therapy in the medically ill: using psychiatric skills to enhance primary care. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021;23(1):20nr02758.

https://doi.org/10.4088/PCC.20nr02758

© Copyright 2021 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.

 


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Supportive Therapy in the Medically Ill: Using Psychiatric Skills to Enhance Primary Care

Target Audience

Primary care clinicians

Learning Objectives

After studying this article, you should be able to:

  • Implement elements of supportive therapy to address patients’ emotional responses to medical illness
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
Activity opens: 
02/18/2021
Activity expires: 
02/28/2023
Cost:
$10.00
Rating: 
0

CME Background

Articles are selected for credit designation based on an assessment of the educational needs of CME participants, with the purpose of providing readers with a curriculum of CME articles on a variety of topics throughout each volume. Activities are planned using a process that links identified needs with desired results.

CME Objective

After studying this article, you should be able to:

  • Implement elements of supportive therapy to address patients’ emotional responses to medical illness

Statement of Need and Purpose

Patients often experience health care as focused only on their diseases and physical conditions. Providing social support to medically ill patients can lead to improvements in their overall physical and mental health. Education on tools that can facilitate a more person-centered approach to treatment could allow PCPs to better address their patients’ emotional responses to medical illness and, ultimately, help bring about better physical outcomes.

Release, Expiration, and Review Dates

This educational activity was published in February 2021 and is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through February 28, 2023. The latest review of this material was January 2021.

Disclosure of off-label usage

The authors have determined that, to the best of their knowledge, no investigational information about pharmaceutical agents or device therapies that is outside US Food and Drug Administration–approved labeling has been presented in this article.

Funding/support

None.

FACULTY


Randon S. Welton, MD*
Department of Psychiatry, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio



Erin M. Crocker, MD
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

 

*Corresponding author: Randon S. Welton, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Northeast Ohio Medical University, 4209 State Rte 44, PO Box 95, Rootstown, OH 44272 (rwelton@neomed.edu).

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

All individuals in a position to influence the content of this activity were asked to complete a statement regarding all relevant personal financial relationships between themselves or their spouse/partner and any commercial interest. The CME Institute has resolved any conflicts of interest that were identified. In the past year, Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief of The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders, has been a consultant for AbbVie, Acadia, Allergan, Eisai, Merck, and Takeda; has been a stock shareholder of M-3 Information; and has received royalties from UpToDate and Oxford University Press. No member of the CME Institute staff reported any relevant personal financial relationships.

Drs Welton and Crocker have no personal affiliations or financial relationships with any commercial interest to disclose relative to the article.

Accreditation Statement

The CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Note: The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accept certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation

Price

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