Drivetime Specialty is a free educational audio program covering a range of topics relevant to various medical specialists & physicians. Listen to our experienced medical broadcasters, moderating engaging discussions with leading experts.
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A podcast of the specialty series is available to download, providing a time efficient form of communication that’s convenient and easy to consume. Click here for podcast download instructions You can also listen online – search by your area of interest to filter interviews relevant to you.
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Epilepsy: Epilepsy is commonly diagnosed in adolescence, affecting approximately 1% of children aged 14 to 16 years. At a time of critical intellectual, physical, hormonal and social development, epilepsy can have a significant effect on the teenager’s lifestyle. Choosing the right anti-epileptic drug from the start can have significant benefits to teenagers, enabling them to gain the necessary independence and self-empowerment to mature through adolescence.
Dentist: This update for Dentists, explains the latest evidence and recommendations for minimising the risk for ONJ and maintaining fracture protection in patients being treated for osteoporosis.
Psychiatry: In this interview we discuss major depressive disorder (MDD) in all its complexity and the challenge it presents to us. MDD not only impacts a patient’s mood, but also their social lives, their professional lives and of course their family and other relationships. We discuss these issues in the setting of treatment choices and the importance of identifying and treating the constellation of MDD symptoms in practice.
Psychiatry: We will often identify psychotic symptoms and be responsible for considering antipsychotic therapy in patients who are treatment naïve. In this interview we look at the considerations that are important when we are contemplating treatment choice.
Psychiatry: Conventionally during the acute phase of psychosis, we’ve tended to focus on short-term treatment of intense positive symptoms, hostility and agitation, and may not consider long-term treatment goals such as the improvement of negative symptoms and cognitive deficits the way we might like. In this interview, we’re talking about the importance of considering long-term treatment goals of schizophrenia when treating patients with psychosis in the acute phase.
NEW Psychiatry. Schizophrenia is a treatable condition, we have good treatments and treatment does lead to remission if we deliver the appropriate treatment. In this interview we discuss the biggest challenges that we face as a clinicians, particularly in patients with an established diagnosis of schizophrenia, as well as patient priorities and how we can balance trust in the relationship while making sure that they have the best outcome.
Psychiatry. Schizophrenia is a cyclical disease with approximately 94% of patients experiencing multiple episodes of psychosis. During periods of acute psychosis, patients may require hospitalisation, however eventually they will be discharged, and it’s during this period that transition care arrangements are very important. In this interview we discuss managing patients as they move from inpatient hospitalisation, back to community care.
Epilepsy: In this interview we talk about the transition of moving from paediatric to adult care, which can be a challenging time for chronic health conditions and their caring network. Epilepsy is no exception, and poor adult psycho-social outcomes have been observed for those with paediatric onset epilepsy. Through intentional and thoughtful transition care programmes we can attempt to improve outcomes, listen to learn more.
Epilepsy: Drug development over 25 years has resulted in a variety of anti-epileptic drugs available to us in clinical neurology, and these utilise several different mechanisms of action (MoA). In this interview we discuss what should be considered as a part of that decision-making process when prescribing, including; MoA, the epilepsy syndrome, patient factors, and practical considerations.
Respiratory. Asthma, superficially it seems simple to manage and mild asthma would seem simple to identify, but the more you look, the more you find there are differences and variations in the clinical expression and physiology. In this interview we discuss how to tailor treatment to each individual patient.
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