Activity ID



March 25, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine


Whether due to stigma or lack of access to mental health providers, more primary care providers are providing mental health care treatments in their offices. According to a 2014 study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, “Between 1995-1998 and 2007-2010, a significant increase occurred in the rate per 100 population of primary care visits with mental health complaints (5.96 to 8.49) (OR = 0.45; 95% CI, 0.33-0.62, mental disorders (8.75 to 13.23) (OR = 1.40;95%CI, 1.26-1.56), and psychotropic medications (11.08 to 26.74) (OR = 3.43; 95% CI, 2.16-2.71).” There is a well-documented lack of access to specialty providers and case-based/specialty focused education on psychiatric medication management, especially in rural areas.

The ECHO methodology of case-based interactive learning has been shown to help primary care clinicians develop expertise in treating behavioral and mental health issues. (see documentation) In addition, behavioral health was the top area of interest for approximately 300 clinicians who completed the fall 2016 needs assessment of ECHO program options. (see documentation)

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Educational Objectives

Attendees will be able to:
Accurately assess and identify ten of the most common mental health concerns in the primary care setting and appropriately prescribe for them.
Integrate treatment of mental health concerns with treatment of physical health.
Demonstrate increased comfort in the assessment and treatment of mental health concerns.


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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