American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

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American Psychiatric Association (APA) Practice Guidelines provide recommendations to help psychiatrists make treatment decisions that are supported by the best available evidence, including from current research and expert consensus. The guidelines are developed by expert work groups, who review available evidence using an explicit methodology. Iterative drafts undergo wide review by other experts, allied organizations, and the APA membership. Every guideline is also reviewed and approved for publication by the APA Assembly and Board of Trustees. This process balances the conclusions of scientific research with the practical experience of professionals working in the field. In addition to providing recommendations that may improve patient care, the guidelines may be used for education by medical students and residents, psychiatrists seeking recertification, other mental health professionals, and the general public. Researchers may use the guidelines to identify important clinical questions for which more research could be expected to improve treatment decision making. The thirteen Practice Guidelines are a€c Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults, Second Editiona€c Deliriuma€c Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias of Late Lifea€c HIV/AIDSa€c Substance Use Disorders, Second Editiona€c Schizophrenia, Second Editiona€c Major Depressive Disorder, Second Editiona€c Bipolar Disorder, Second Editiona€c Panic Disordera€c Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disordera€c Eating Disorders, Third Editiona€c Borderline Personality Disordera€c Suicidal Behaviors These guidelines help you a€c Understand clinical features and symptomsa€c Make a confident differential diagnosisa€c Evaluate interventions commonly used to treat specific disordersa€c Select the appropriate site of servicea€c Educate the patient and familya€c Assess the efficacy and risks of available medicationsa€c Develop an individualized treatment plan Interactive continuing medical education programs for many of the individual practice guidelines are available on the APA's web site ( Each program offers AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsa„c that are accepted by the APA and the American Medical Association. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has reviewed the APA Practice Guidelines CME Program and has approved it as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning program, which is mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.Newly developing or acutely worsening agitation in particular can be a sign of an occult general medical condition, untreated ... Other important safety issues in managing patients with dementia include interventions to decrease the hazards ofanbsp;...

Title:American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
Author:American Psychiatric Association
Publisher:American Psychiatric Pub - 2006


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