Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Time of COVID-19

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating disorder that develops in some people following traumatic experiences. It is important to draw attention to PTSD as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic for the general population, patients and healthcare workers. 
Studies have shown that healthcare workers are at high risk of PTSD during pandemics. Considering that healthcare work is already an at-risk occupation, it is crucial that we openly discuss PTSD and other mental health disorders so that early intervention can occur and responses to traumatic events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can be expedited for healing to begin to take place for our patients, community and healthcare workers.

Target Audience

All physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists (personal growth) and other interested healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the characteristics and criteria for PTSD in patients and peers.
  • Eliminate stigmatizing language of mental health and PTSD from communication with colleagues and patients.
  • Access and utilize referral resources for cultivating coping and healing for patients, the community and healthcare workers.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Xiong, J., Lipsitz, O., Nasri, F., Lui, L. M., Gill, H., Phan, L., ... & McIntyre, R. S. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in the general population: A systematic review. Journal of affective disorders.
  • Moring, J. C., Dondanville, K. A., Fina, B. A., Hassija, C., Chard, K., Monson, C., ... & Resick, P. A. (2020). Cognitive processing therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder via telehealth: Practical considerations during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Journal of traumatic stress, 33(4), 371-379.
  • Passavanti, M., Argentieri, A., Barbieri, D. M., Lou, B., Wijayaratna, K., Mirhosseini, A. S. F., ... & Ho, C. H. (2021). The psychological impact of COVID-19 and restrictive measures in the world. Journal of affective disorders, 283, 36-51.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
09/01/2021
Course expires: 
07/31/2023

Eugenio M. Rothe, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Eugenio M. Rothe, M.D., faculty for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and has indicated that the presentation will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Barry Crown, Ph.D., and Ana Rivas-Vazquez, Ph.D., conference directors for this educational activity, have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose. 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.*
 
*Ineligible companies – Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
              
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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