Activity Title

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Why You Need a Psychologist in the New Age of Medicine


Program Goals

Chronic diseases plague our country and our world. They lead to the high global cost of healthcare and they lead among the top causes of death. Chronic diseases can be treated in many cases and the treatments that are most effective involve lifestyle change. But change is notoriously difficult to sustain. The field of Health Psychology has, for decades, focused on how to engage people in health behavior change and using psychological approaches can lead to better treatment adherence, resulting in better long-term outcomes in people with chronic conditions.

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, Denver, CO
Head of Sleep & Behavioral Science, Sleep Number Corp.

Educational Activity Agenda

Front Matter & Registration (5 minutes)
Educational Presentation (44 minutes)
Post Test, Evaluation & Certificate delivery (11 minutes)
Total Activity (60 minutes)

Release and Expiration Dates

Release Date: December 23, 2023
Expiration Date: December 23, 2024

Faculty Disclosures

The faculty have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Mark S. Aloia, PhD
• Employee of Sleep Number Corp.
• Former 15 yr. employee of Philips, Inc.
• Stockholder, Philips, Inc.

Planners and Managers

The planners and managers have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Gail A. Varcelotti, RRT FAARC

  • Nothing to disclose

Credit Designation - AARC CRCE

This Non-traditional program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care; 9425 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 100, Irving TX 75063. Course #189077000

How to Obtain AARC CRCE Credit

Attendees are expected to review all academic materials before attempting to apply for credit. Successful completion of this activity will lead to the issuance of a certificate for 1.0 contact hour of CRCE approved continuing education.

To receive credit, please follow these steps:

  • Complete the online registration (registration is free).
  • Review all of the academic materials provided.
  • Click on the CRCE link to apply for credit.
  • Complete the online test and/or evaluation. Participants must receive a test score of at least 70% and answer all evaluation questions to receive a certificate.
  • Qualified applicants will be provided with an online (printable) CRCE certificate based on their attendance and satisfactory completion of this academic activity.

Fee Information

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use:

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The publishers, accreditors and sponsors of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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Medium Used

This program has been made available online.
Why You Need a Psychologist in the New Age of Medicine

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Commercial Support Statement

This online Resource Center is supported by an Educational Grant from Philips Respironics, Inc.


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