Beyond Medicine: Practical Strategies for Primary Care Providers


The cost for this online course is $15. The estimated time to complete this course is 45 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a pass score of 75%.

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Educational Need

It is estimated that 23% of Americans age 65 and older have ‘mild cognitive impairment’, or MCI. Each year, 12% of those with MCI progress to dementia. Additionally, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease – by 2050, this number is expected to rise as high as 16 million. Alzheimer’s kills more Americans than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Geriatric behavioral health extends far beyond these statistics, and there is a shortage of mental health providers in the United States. The first medical contact for patients experiencing behavioral health symptoms is oftentimes a primary health provider. It is critical that providers in primary care are able to accurately identify mental health symptoms and help fill the gap to ensure patients receive the treatment they need.


  • Describe the vital role of the primary care provider in offering non-medication strategies to address issues relevant to health and mental health in aging patients.
  • Identify patients who need, or will benefit from, non-medication strategies and resources in daily practice.
  • Utilize resources provided to go beyond medication to address the whole-person (system) needs of aging patients.

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Recording date: October 1, 2020
Date of original release: October 24, 2020
Most recent review/update: October 24, 2020
Termination date: October 23, 2023

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­B
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Kathleen Laurin, PhD
Broadlawns Medical Center


Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Other healthcare providers: This enduring materials activity is designated for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­B
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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