Meaning and Medication: The Evidence Base
American psychiatry has been concerned over the last few decades with establishing a sound evidence base for psychiatric practice. Often, this has meant a focus on the neurobiologic evidence base. Though neglected, there is a robust and growing evidence base that demonstrates that psychological and interpersonal aspects of medications are crucial factors in pharmacologic outcomes. This presentation will appraise the evidence base that demonstrates the potency of meaning in psychopharmacology. We will then review the state of our knowledge about the specific psychosocial ingredients of effective pharmacotherapy. The desired outcome is that participants will be able to facilitate improved outcomes for patients who could benefit from psychopharmacologic treatments.
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