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Strategies for Successfully Diagnosing and Treating Tardive Dyskinesia: Enlisting the Help of Caregivers, Improving the Lives of Patients

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June 3, 2021
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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of psychiatrists as well as advanced practice psychiatry clinicians who have an opportunity to care for patients with tardive dyskinesia.

Program Overview

At any given time, roughly 1 of every 4 patients taking antipsychotics experiences tardive dyskinesia (TD), a debilitating condition characterized by involuntary movements of the tongue, lips, face, trunk, and extremities. Fortunately, effective pharmacologic treatments for TD are now available. However, it can be challenging for clinicians to assess patients for TD, keep up to date on new agents, and create personalized treatment plans that facilitate long-term treatment success. In this activity, an expert faculty member will discuss the burden of TD on patients and their caregivers; TD risk factors; TD assessment and diagnosis strategies, including for virtual visits; and TD prevention and treatment options. Throughout, approaches for optimizing TD diagnosis and treatment by engaging caregivers in the therapeutic alliance will be discussed. Three videos will be used to illustrate the patient perspective on TD, the caregiver perspective on TD, and an expert’s approach to TD screening and monitoring.

Learning Goal/Purpose

The goal of this enduring activity is to enhance the knowledge and competence that clinicians need to successfully diagnose and treat tardive dyskinesia, including strategies for enlisting the help of caregivers, to ultimately improve the lives of both patients and the people who care for them.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the prevalence of TD among patients taking dopamine antagonists
  • Explain the effect that TD has on patients’ quality of life and ability to function, as well as on caregivers’ wellbeing
  • Identify strategies to promptly detect and diagnose TD that can be integrated into a busy practice
  • Describe approaches that promote the long‐term success of TD treatment plans

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