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STRESS, ALCOHOL AND DEPRESSION 
Time Tool For Nurses Launch Page
A Resource from the American College of Preventive Medicine


NEEDS STATEMENT
Stress, alcohol misuse and depression form a unique triad in primary care. Individually they are very common, but it is the interactions between them that are particularly challenging for clinicians. Stress contributes to excessive drinking, as well as susceptibility to depression; depression increases vulnerability to stress; alcohol is used to self medicate for depressive symptoms and anxiety, and to relieve stress, but excess alcohol accentuates the stress response and increases the risk of developing clinical depression. It is a vicious cycle that needs to be recognized and treated together, but the reality is that it is often not. Most patients feel unprepared to manage stress, and many clinicians feel unprepared to assist them. Few clinicians use a validated screening tool for alcohol use, and as many as half of depressed patients are not identified, even though brief screening tools are available. Time is a major factor in addressing the issues of stress, alcohol and depression in a coordinated fashion. An efficient approach is needed. 

The Stress, Alcohol and Depression Time Tool developed by the American College of Preventive Medicine is an innovative educational tool designed to assist the clinician in a brief consult on these issues. It provides a guide to screening and counseling from a lifestyle perspective to address the root causes of stress, depression and alcohol misuse. The tool includes a practical approach for a clinical visit, along with a robust clinical reference document delineating the epidemiology, clinical evidence, guidelines and recommendations, along with additional tools and resources and a patient handout. 

TARGET AUDIENCE
This educational activity is intended for nurse practitioners. 
 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
After completing this program, participants should be able to:

  • Screen for alcohol use disorders and depression
  • Discuss a strategy for controlling the response to stress
  • Explain alcohol use patterns that increase health risks
  • Discuss the relationships between stress, alcohol and depression
  • Understand the importance of assessing suicide risk in depressed patients 
  • Discuss why a healthy lifestyle is the foundation for problems with either stress, alcohol or depression


ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
This continuing nursing education (CNE) activity was approved by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

The American College of Preventive Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 credit.

The estimated time to complete this activity is 1.0 hour. 

To earn CNE credit for this educational activity:

  1. Read the CNE information on this page.
  2. Read the Time Tool and Clinical Reference.
  3. Complete the CNE post-test exam with a score of at least 70%.
  4. Complete the CNE evaluation survey.
  5. Your CNE certificate will be sent to you via email.


TERM OF APPROVAL

September 2010 through August 2012. Original release date: September 2010


PEER REVIEW

These materials have been reviewed by the following nurse practitioner(s) to ensure the continued scientific accuracy and medical relevance of information presented and its independence from commercial bias.

  • Marjorie Brumwell, RN
    Procter and Gamble


DISCLOSURE

In the interest of providing an educational experience free of commercial bias the American College of Preventive Medicine was responsible for decisions regarding educational content and allocation of funds.  All individuals involved in the planning, development, and delivery of educational activities are required to sign a conflict of interest statement in which they disclose any relevant financial interests or other affiliations with industry or other associations which may have direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the CNE activity. Such disclosure allows program participants to better evaluate the objectivity of the information presented in the program.

  • Larry Mattson, Medical Writer, has disclosed no financial relationships.
  • Marjorie Brumwell, RN, has disclosed no financial relationships.
  • Jennifer Edwards, ACPM staff, has disclosed no financial relationships.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SUPPORT

This ACPM Time Tools series has been funded through an unrestricted educational grant provided by MDVIP.  


CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have questions regarding this CNE activity, please contact Jennifer Edwards at jedwards@acpm.org.

 

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