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Why You Need a Psychologist in the New Age of Medicine

Program Goals

The purpose of this program is to review the complex construct of health behavior change and to learn how to apply some simple psychological techniques to improve adherence to treatment. We will discuss the problem of non-adherence as a behavior. We will review 5 pillars of behavior change that predict adherence to treatment. Sleep apnea will be used as an example of a chronic condition where adherence is often below expectations. We will demonstrate how suing these psychological approaches can lead to dramatic improvements in adherence to treatment.


Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of Health Psychology; specifically: Psychologists; Sleep Specialists; Pulmonologists; Critical Care Specialists; Internal Medicine and Primary Care Physicians; Cardiologists; Physician Assistants; Advanced Practice Nurses; and Nurse Practitioners involved in the treatment of patients with chronic conditions.


Learning Objectives

After completion of this activity participants will be able to: 

  1. Specify the adherence challenges associated with CPAP treatment for OSA.
  2. Explain basic behavioral approaches to optimize adherence.
  3. Interpret the use of behavioral driven digital tools to improve adherence with CPAP.



Mark S. Aloia, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
National Jewish Health,
Head of Sleep & Behavioral Science, Sleep Number Corp.



Dane Garvin


Accreditation Statement

This activity is provided by MEDtalks


Physician Accreditation Statement - EACCME

MEDtalks is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to
provide the following CME activity for medical specialists.


Physician Credit Designation - EACCME

MEDtalks designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 UEMS Credits™. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Only those e-learning materials that are displayed on the UEMS-EACCME website have formally been accredited. Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Last edited: 16-05-2023
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