4.6 out of 5 (40 Reviews)



Post Assessment Questions


Expiration Date

31 Dec 2023

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2021

Estimated Time To Finish

75 Minutes

Stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge

Start This Activity
Need Help?  If you have a system or content concerns, please contact support@statpearls.com

Activity Description

Akathisia is a neuropsychiatric syndrome that can occur as an adverse effect of antipsychotic medications and manifests as psychomotor restlessness. In recent years, akathisia has additionally been found to occur in certain individuals as an adverse effect of with calcium channel blockers, antiemetics, anti-vertigo drugs, cocaine, and sedatives used in anesthesia. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of akathisia and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in the recognition and management of this condition.

Activity Image

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Review the pathophysiologic basis of akathisia.
  • Outline the expected history and physical findings for a patient with akathisia.
  • Identify the treatment options available for akathisia.
  • Explain the interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication for patients with akathisia.
  • Outline the pharmacologic therapy as it applies to Akathisia

Author(s) / Contributors Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Hover over the contributor names to see details and disclosures of any financial relationships they have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT: This activity has received NO commercial support.

Continuing Education Accreditation Information


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and StatPearls Publishing, LLC.  AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 030803.  This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hour(s) (which includes 0.1 hour(s) of pharmacology).

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing and a money-back guarantee is provided if not completely satisfied.

  • StatPearls and AKH reserve the right to cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances. StatPearls and AKH will not be responsible for other expenses incurred by the participant in the unlikely event that the program is canceled.

Equal Opportunity

  • StatPearls and AKH are Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Equal Access Institutions. 

Medium or Media Used:

  • Computer Requirements:  Internet Access
  • E-mail Address

Instructions for Credit

  1. Register for the activity and create a StatPearls login.     
  2. Review the required accreditation information:  Target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation form.
  7. Obtain a certificate.

StatPearls and AKH adhere to provider standards regarding commercial support of continuing education. It is the policy of StatPearls and AKH that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved and also that authors and editors will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation.

The information provided for this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy:
It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The author must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with ineligible companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are mitigated by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity. AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use:
This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content.


Media Usage Rights

The contributors and editors of StatPearls have attested that all associated media (images and video) have been legally cleared for use with this activity.  All copyrights are reserved.


    Thomas P. on 3/8/2021

    Richard P. on 3/19/2021

    JULIE J. on 4/9/2021

    Paul K. on 6/17/2021

    Rebecca B. on 9/3/2021

    Derek K. on 9/19/2021

    David G. on 9/27/2021

    Rebecca C. on 10/6/2021

    Sharon H. on 10/13/2021


    Okechukwu O. on 12/11/2021

    Jeffrey H. on 12/18/2021

    Emma P. on 1/24/2022

    Jacklyn V. on 2/3/2022

    elizabeth d. on 2/21/2022

    Charlene N. on 2/24/2022

    Cynthia F. on 2/27/2022

    Maria R. on 3/8/2022

    Ira on 3/22/2022

    Ryan E. on 3/23/2022

    Katherine T. on 4/4/2022

    Samantha B. on 4/11/2022

    Christopher N. on 4/28/2022

    Deborah V. on 5/12/2022

    Jessica K. on 5/22/2022

    Lauren I. on 5/31/2022

    KAREN B. on 6/9/2022

    Thomas J. on 6/22/2022

    Robin J. on 6/27/2022

    Peter M. on 8/17/2022

    William N. on 8/30/2022

    Michael S. on 9/6/2022

    Melanie D. on 9/11/2022

    Monica K. on 9/30/2022

    Daniel C. on 10/10/2022

    Jeannine D. on 10/31/2022

    Oula C. on 10/31/2022

    Sarah P. on 11/14/2022

    Amy l. on 11/25/2022

    Jamaica C. on 12/1/2022

    Heather K. on 12/4/2022

    Unlimited Nurse Practitioner CE

    Stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge with 6608 CE activities. In these online self-assessment activities, read our reference articles and test your knowledge with more than 7412.75 hours of CE.

    Single Activity

    Take this single activity

    $39 1 activity

    6 Month Unlimited Nurse Practitioner CE

    Access to all the Unlimited Nurse Practitioner CE activities in all specialties.

    $289 per half year per user

    1 Year Unlimited Nurse Practitioner CE

    Access to all the Unlimited Nurse Practitioner CE activities in all specialties.

    $399 per 1 year per user