American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: Compendium 2006 / Edition 1

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Overview

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 • Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults, Second Edition• Delirium• Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias of Late Life• HIV/AIDS• Substance Use Disorders, Second Edition• Schizophrenia, Second Edition• Major Depressive Disorder, Second Edition• Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition• Panic Disorder• Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder• Eating Disorders, Third Edition• Borderline Personality Disorder• Suicidal Behaviors

These guidelines help you • Understand clinical features and symptoms• Make a confident differential diagnosis• Evaluate interventions commonly used to treat specific disorders• Select the appropriate site of service• Educate the patient and family• Assess the efficacy and risks of available medications• 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 (www.psych.org/cme). Each program offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credits? 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a collection of all the practice guidelines that have been produced by the American Psychiatric Association to date. These practice guidelines have been developed by psychiatrists who are active in clinical practice as well as others involved in research and academic psychiatry. These guidelines have limited utility as noted in the Statement of Intent, "the American Psychiatric Association Guidelines are not intended to be construed or to serve as a standard of medical care." The statement continues, "these parameters of practice should be considered guidelines only." This compendium is a good reference for those psychiatrists wishing to have all these guidelines in one book. The book is enormous, containing 1,600 pages, so APA has also produced a companion quick reference book that is essentially a boiled down version of the larger compendium in a much easier to use format.
Purpose: The purpose is to "provide recommendations to help psychiatrists make treatment decisions that are supported by the past available evidence, including from current research and expert consensus."
Audience: The intended audience includes practicing psychiatrists. Psychiatry residents would benefit from being informed of the details of these guidelines.
Features: All the previously published guidelines are here and include practice guidelines for the psychiatric evaluation of adults, delirium, Alzheimer and other dementias, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, borderline personality, and assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior. An appendix documents the practice guideline process. The index, which is essential for a large reference such as this, is excellent. Following each practice guideline, the pertinent references are provided. Disappointingly, conflict of interest disclosures were not published, although the financial disclosures were reportedly given to the Steering Committee and the work group. The work group members were chosen on the basis of "expertise and integrity." With the recent notoriety surrounding the financial conflicts of interest of expert panels and the well known explicit and implicit biases in financial and other gift exchanges, I for one, would like more details of potential conflicts of interest.
Assessment: Members of the American Psychiatric Association should already have these guidelines since they are included in their subscription for the American Journal of Psychiatry. This compendium puts all these in one convenient place and the companion book gives the bare bones of information provided in the guidelines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890423851
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1612
  • Sales rank: 356,513
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 3.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Statement of intent. Introduction. Practice guideline for the psychiatric evaluation of adults, second edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with delirium. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with delirium. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with alzheimer's disease and other dementias of late life. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with alzheimer's disease and other dementias of late life. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with substance use disorders, second edition. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with schizophrenia, second edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder, second edition. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder, second edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder, second edition. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder, second edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with panic disorder. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with panic disorder. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with eating disorders, third edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder. Practice guideline for the assessment and treatment of patients with suicidal behaviors. Appendix: practice guideline development process. Index.

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