Legal Advisor: Treating Patients with Mental Illness in a General Practice Setting

Treating Patients with Mental Illness

Patients who seek treatment from their primary care or family practice physicians for physical illnesses may also suffer from latent related or unrelated mental illnesses.  Primary care consultations play a key role in screening for depression and other mental illnesses.  This CME activity discusses mental health screening, diagnosis, treatment, and specialist referrals in a primary care setting.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the important role that primary care and family practice physicians play in providing the majority of mental health services.
  • Discuss the ways to evaluate a patient's statement about suicide.
  • Restate the role and benefits of an integrated mental health professional. 
  • Describe the risks associated with treating a patient with mental illness, and ways to minimize those risks.


Mathew Mortensen, Content Contributor

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $12.00
Non-MMS Member: $22.00
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60



CME Credit

1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , risk management study

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs may claim a maximum of 1  Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

This activity may meet the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive   AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Start: May 29, 2017    
End: May 31, 2018

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

Most modern browsers including:  
Firefox 18.0+  
Chrome 26+  
Safari 5+  
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 


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