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Prescribing Wisely: Psychiatric Medications and the Whole Person
June 8-9, 2018
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Presented by the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School and the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine at Duke University, with the generous support of the McDonald Agape Foundation
- To what extent does the therapeutic alliance matter for the effectiveness of medication, and how should prescribing clinicians (and the health systems in which they work) attend to this?
- To what extent do the outcome measures employed by efficacy studies measure symptom reduction vs. functional outcomes, and how might clinicians think separately about both symptoms and function?
- What is the role of story and culture with regard to medication? How can clinicians be aware of the stories that are operative for their patients? How does culture (including race, gender) play a role? What cultural considerations should clinicians be aware of?
- To what extent do quality measures encourage prescribing patterns and how can quality measures be structured to encourage clinicians to make wise decisions? Do process and outcome metrics affect prescribing differently?
Jean Beckham, PhD, Duke University | Theresa Coles, PhD, Duke University | Sue Estroff, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill | Calvin Gross, UNC-Chapel Hill | Geetha Jayaram, MD, Johns Hopkins University | Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD, Duke University | David Mintz, Austen Riggs Center | Abraham Nussbaum, MD, University of Colorado | Damon Tweedy, MD, Duke University | Lynne Vanderpot, PhD, The Brien Center | Sarah Wilson, PhD, Duke University | Sidney Zisook, MD, University of California-San Diego
“Out of Our Meds” Conference Series:
Through the generous support of the McDonald Agape Foundation, “Prescribing Wisely: Psychiatric Medications and the Whole Person” is the second of five annual conferences that will engage moral and theological approaches to prescription medication use.
Questions for future conferences will include the following:
2019: Theological Approaches to Pain and Its Management
2020: “Do not be anxious about your body:” How is medical management of risks to future health compatible with Christian discipleship?
2021: Is pharmacological risk management good medicine?