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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Agitation is a nonspecific constellation of relatively unrelated behaviors that can be seen in various clinical situations, usually presenting with a fluctuating course. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of agitation and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in the recognition and management of agitation.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Review the pathophysiologic basis of agitation.

  • Outline the expected history and physical findings for a patient with agitation.

  • Summarize the treatment options available for agitation.

  • Explain the interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication for patients with agitation.


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The authors cannot have possibly worked in mental health settings. A perfectly calm patient sitting across from a doctor can suddenly lash out at the doctor sitting across from him. Just because someone is agitated doesn't mean more explosive behavior is going to happen. When asking a question a blanket statement of the patient is in a mental health facility is ridiculous. Was the patient self admitted, committed against their will, self harming, hostile etc. There are mental health facilities where the patients walk around freely and can get on the elevators with visitors.

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