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Texas Health Research & Education Recognized for Virtual Learning Game on Women and Depression
01/13/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Research & Education Institute, Texas Health Resources’ provider of continuing medical education (CME), has received national recognition for its virtual learning game that helps primary care providers identify, treat and manage depression in women.

The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions

The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) selected Women and Depression: Navigating the Clinical Course©, Texas Health Research & Education’s innovative CME offering, to receive its 2014 Outstanding Education Enduring Material Award.

“This prestigious national recognition spotlights Texas Health Research & Education’s innovative approach to continuing medical education,” said Tricia Nguyen, M.D., executive vice president for population health for Texas Health Resources and president of the Texas Health Population Health, Education & Innovation Center.

Women and Depression effectively shows Texas Health’s active involvement in addressing care for women’s behavioral health needs,” Nguyen said.

Depression is common in women. One in four women will experience severe depression at some point, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. The majority of women unfortunately do not get the help they need when they visit their primary health care providers because the depression may not be recognized.

Women and Depression, introduced in November 2011, represents Texas Health Research & Education’s first experience with a learning game applied in a clinical setting. The game follows a patient from diagnosis to remission, with decision trees and scenario-based branching logic. The program is designed to help improve health care providers’ ability to recognize, diagnose and treat major depressive disorders, and think about gender differences in behavioral health.

To date the game has been completed by more than 430 health care professionals, including primary care physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. There is no charge to participate in the game, and eligible providers can receive CME credit for completion of the program. Visit mddinwomen.com to play the game.

The award is especially significant because Texas Health Research & Education was judged against all CME providers internationally, said Marilyn Peterson, M.A., CCMEP, director of CME for Texas Health Research & Education.

“This means we are a leader among our peers around the globe in providing CME to caregivers,” said Peterson. “What’s most important is that we have provided a means to potentially help improve care for depression in women.”

The award will be presented at ACEHP’s annual awards ceremony on Jan. 16, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

About Texas Health Research & Education Institute
Texas Health Research & Education Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organization within Texas Health Resources. Our vision is to advance health through research and education. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Texas Health Research & Education conducts research that contributes to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and offers continuing medical education to physicians and other health care professionals. For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/THRE.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.

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