Practice Tools and Tips

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How to Read a Journal Article

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips | Understanding Psychiatric Research

By Jeffrey S. Barkin, M.D. Dr. Barkin has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity. If you are like most busy psychiatrists, reading journal articles is about as entertaining as filling out treatment authorization forms. The good news is that

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Handheld Drug Information: Which Software Works Best?

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

It's another hectic day in the office. You are evaluating a complicated new patient, who presents with multiple medical and psychiatric problems. Over the next 50 minutes, you're going to have to make a number of medication decisions, and you don't have the time to dig around in your bookcase, nor have you spent enough time in the gym to be able to heav

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E-prescribing: The Time is Now!

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

Electronic prescribing allows you to write prescriptions from your computer, and either print them or, in some areas, transmit them directly to a pharmacy. There are many advantages to the practitioner and the patient: most programs provide automatic drug-interaction checks for all the medications a patient is taking, you don’t have to deal with pharm

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Internet Resources for Psychiatrists

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

You’ve probably heard that looking for something on the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant…. We’ve made it a bit easier by describing a few of our favorite websites. www.pdr.net Provides the complete and official PDR information, but searching and entering drug regimens is more awkward than it should be. www.epocrates.com Dr

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Expert QA

Computer Technology and Psychiatry

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

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E-mail Communication with Patients

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

Dr. Grohol, you frequently speak on the use of e-mail in clinical practice. Can you give us some guidelines for how we should most appropriately use e-mail with our patients? The first thing I recommend is that physicians and therapists give a good amount of thought to their own boundaries around e-mail communication with patients. One of the crucial q

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How to Bring STAR*D Techniques into Your Practice

Topics: Antidepressants | Practice Tools and Tips

Because the first results from STAR*D make antidepressants look less powerful than we might have hoped, researchers have emphasized another aspect of the study – namely, that it represents a system that allows us to bring research techniques into our practices. And while some statements made in support of the STAR*D methodology come across as pretty g

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VNS: Some Practical Information

Topics: Antidepressants | Brain Devices | Practice Tools and Tips

If, after reviewing our admittedly lukewarm evaluation of the VNS data, you decide that you want to offer it to your patients, here’s some useful information. The procedure is being done primarily at major tertiary medical centers now, but this will change over time. Currently, insurance plans pay for the procedure for depression only on a case-by-

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