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Mayo Clinic's adolescent psychiatrists share latest findings

October 24, 2011
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Rochester, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers shared their latest research findings at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting in Toronto. The research included topics such as new assessments of bipolar treatment, tackling the shortage of United States psychiatrists, fighting depression with magnetic stimulation, and creating efficient treatment plans for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Peter Jensen, MD, gave a presentation called "Basic Science-Guided Coaching of Primary Care Providers." Jensen and his colleagues developed a program to train primary care physicians to handle psychiatric issues such as depression and anxiety. The six-month program includes weekly consultations with other primary care doctors and psychiatrists—a process much more intense than many continuing medical education programs. The program debuted in Minnesota and has spread throughout the United States. During this presentation, Jensen discussed the 30-plus training sessions he's already facilitated, what is on the horizon, and data he is collecting to prove the training is working.

Christopher Wall, MD, discussed the use of magnetic stimulation to fight depression in his presentation titled "Pain Improvement in Adolescents Receiving Adjuvant rTMS for the Treatment of Refractory Depression." Wall is seeking to bring the non-invasive technique, called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to adolescents. Clinical studies are underway at Mayo Clinic and Wall hopes these studies yield similarly impressive results. During this presentation, Wall talked about his clinical trial and the differences between using the technique in adolescent and adult populations.

Jyoti Bhagia, MD, gave a presentation on effectively treating ADHD patients called "Quality Improvement Methods for Improving ADHD Assessment and Clinic Attendance," describing how she and her colleagues transformed Mayo Clinic ADHD care into an extremely efficient practice, while improving care for patients. Bhagia requires parents and educators to complete extensive background forms and analysis before bringing their children in for the first consultation. This has allowed her team to better recommend treatment and therapy and do so much more quickly. Since parents and educators are required to dedicate time outside of clinic visits learning about a child's disorder, Bhagia says they've become more engaged in their children's care.

Jennifer Vande Voort, MD, discussed how to improve care for bipolar patients in a presentation titled "Treatments, Services and Quality of Care in Children Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder: A First Report." Vande Voort posed the question of whether bipolar patients are actually receiving a healthy mix of medication and therapy. During her presentation, Vande Voort discussed what she discovered and recommendations for better care in the clinic.

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