Mental health

Clozapine. Malignant constipation can kill

Clozapine is used for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Agranulocytosis and neutropenia are the usual concerns but there are more deaths from ileus/megacolon.

Webinar: Prescribing antipsychotics in primary care

Webinar with Associate Professor David Menkes. David is an academic psychiatrist with a background in psychology and pharmacology (PhD 1983, Yale), and a continuing interest in the optimal use and toxicology of drug treatments in psychiatry.

Stillborn children: photographs may help the healing

How clinicians’ handling of this can traumatise the parents or when done well, can lead to a valued experience.

Dementia in Māori - optimising care

Understanding and incorporating Māori world views of health care in a dementia setting with inclusive development of pathways promotes a Māori responsive approach. Dr Makarena Dudley will discuss her recent research into constructs of Mate ware ware (becoming forgetful and unwell) from a Māori understanding of dementia.

Dementia: diagnosis and management

Dr Grace Lee talks with Dr Diana North FRNZCGP about the key components of assessment that a practitioner may incorporate into their personalized framework for evaluating dementia.

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Goals of care in end-stage dementia

Dr Michal Boyd talks about goals of care in end-stage dementia.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders refer to a range of disorders that are characterised by disturbances of eating behaviours such as eating very little, eating excessively, or purging. Core beliefs are often held focussing around food, eating and body image perception.

The CASE approach to suicide assessment

A discussion with international expert Dr Shawn Shea MD, on the interviewing strategy known as the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events Approach (CASE approach). Shawn is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing.

Be careful about mental health labelling

Dr Bruce Arroll talks about the distressed patient and taking care when making a diagnosis. Bruce is a Professor in the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Auckland.

 

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