CME Courses needs assessment

Dear Colleague,

Although neurocognitive impairment has long been considered a key feature of schizophrenia, only recently have significant cognitive deficits been recognized in bipolar disorder (BD). In fact, evidence suggests that the cognitive impairments noted in BD are similar (although perhaps less severe) than those seen in patients with schizophrenia, and even persist during periods of remission. Emerging data indicate that neurocognitive dysfunction in patients with BD and schizophrenia is a major contributor to psychosocial disability and reduced quality of life.1 Therefore, prevention as well as early identification and treatment of cognitive impairment is critical in the management of these patients.

Currently, we are in the process of gathering information to assist in the development of a comprehensive educational program aimed at improving the prevention, assessment and management of cognitive deficits in BD and schizophrenia, as well as addressing unmet needs and educational gaps in this area. To guide the development of program content and to ensure this educational initiative meets the learning needs of psychiatrists, we kindly request your participation by completing this brief needs assessment survey. All completed surveys will be kept in confidence and used only for the purpose described.

Thank you in advance for your participation and please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Christine Delage at MPG - MedPlan Communications at if you have any questions about this survey. Your feedback will help ensure that we develop a valuable educational offering that improves the lives of our patients with BD and schizophrenia.



Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)

Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Regional Head of Psychiatry and Regional Program Medical Director for Mental Health and Addictions
Vancouver Coastal Health & Providence Healthcare
President-Elect, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP)
Vancouver, British Columbia