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Prolonged Postconcussive Symptoms is organized by American Psychiatric Association (APA) and will be held from Feb 01, 2018 - Jan 31, 2020. This CME Conference has been approved for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Target Audience:
This program is designed for all psychiatrists in clinical practice, residents in Graduate Medical Education programs, medical students interested in psychiatry, and other physicians who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.

Abstract: Since the early 20th century, when large numbers of World War I veterans returned from front lines with “shell shock,” there has been significant controversy regarding the nature of postconcussive symptoms that persist or emerge after a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Symptoms such as headache, nausea, and blurry vision were originally thought to resolve in the first 7–10 days after injury for the vast majority (80%–90%) of individuals. More recent studies indicate that symptoms will persist in a significant minority of cases, with functional impairment in up to 33% at 3 months and 22% at 1 year, as recently described in a report from the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) research group. The pace and extent of recovery from mTBI are now understood to vary considerably depending on patient and injury characteristics, and recovery may take 6 months or longer. A predominant historical view holds that prolonged postconcussive symptoms represent a phenomenon with significant somatoform features that may have been present before the injury or may emerge well after the injury and that resemble the nonspecific symptoms experienced after any type of bodily trauma. However, more contemporary research suggests that multiple etiologies contribute to prolonged postconcussive symptoms, including psychogenic factors (e.g., coping style and mood and anxiety disorders), cervicogenic factors (e.g., neck injury), and neurophysiological causes (e.g., cerebrovascular dysregulation, microscopic white matter damage). As mTBI is a significant public health issue, with an estimated 42 million mTBIs sustained worldwide every year, even a conservative estimate of the prevalence of prolonged postconcussive symptoms (10%–15% of mTBIs) suggests a substantial unrecognized burden of hundreds of thousands of new patients with such symptoms each year.

Educational Objective:
The participant will compare treatment recommendations for patients with postconcussive symptoms following a mild traumatic brain injury.

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