25TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

STOP CHASING YOUR TAIL: TECHNOLOGY THAT REVEALS TREATABLE CAUSES OF TREATMENT-RESISTANT AGITATION IN YOUR PATIENTS W/ DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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This lecture will introduce Sources of Distress and present data derived from its initial use. Sources is a web-based tool that gives parents and professional caregivers the opportunity to describe what them know about an agitated individual with developmental disabilities in a manner that translates into the presence of treatable conditions that commonly contribute to irritability and agitation in this patient population. Sources was funded by the Autism Council of Utah, developed and piloted by the University of Utah, and is now publicly available through the Utah Department of Health’s Bureau of Children with Special Healthcare Needs website. The Sources of Distress has been used over 150 times in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and institutional settings to uncover the underlying causes of distress in this patient population.

After this presentation, you will be able to:

1) Identify how to use technology to bridge gaps in time resources and expertise to identify treatable causes of agitation in individuals with neurodevelopmental issues. Engage parents in establishing a differential diagnosis for underlying causes of agitation and enhance shared medical decision-making surrounding the management of agitation in this patient population; and,
2) Recognize common missteps in psychotropic medication prescribing – and how to correct them – in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and treatment-resistant agitation.

*Submission of the conference evaluation form indicates your completion of the entire program.

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