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Daniel E. Jonas, MD, MPH

Target Audience

Mental health care providers, including primary care providers (PCPs), psychiatrists, other physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, health educators, and case managers.

Program Description

This monograph summarizes the results and conclusions of a systematic review and meta-analysis from AHRQ's Effective Health Care (EHC) Program examining psychological and pharmacological treatments for adults with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Overall Learning Purpose/Goal

The overall purpose is to inform learners about the benefits, harms, and comparative effectiveness of various treatment strategies for adults diagnosed with PTSD.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss the efficacy and comparative effectiveness of psychological treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
  2. Discuss the efficacy and comparative effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
  3. Identify the important adverse effects associated with treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
  4. Identify current gaps in the evidence related to the psychological and pharmacological treatments for adults with PTSD.

    • For Pharmacists: Provide accurate and appropriate counsel as part of the treatment team.
    • For Registered Nurses: Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.

Credit Available

  • Case Managers – maximum of 1.0 clock hours
  • Certified Health Education Specialists – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Nurse Practitioners – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Registered Nurses – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Pharmacists – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Physicians – maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Faculty & Credentials

Daniel E. Jonas, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine/Associate Director, RTI-UNC,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Jonas received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in 1997. He then returned to Ohio where he attended medical school at the Ohio State University and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati in 2005. He then completed the NRSA Primary Care Research fellowship at UNC and received his MPH through the UNC School of Public Health. His research interests include comparative effectiveness, evidence-based medicine, pharmacogenomics, individualized therapy, health economics, cancer screening, anticoagulation, and patient time costs.

Dr. Jonas has been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Physician Recognition Program.

Dr. Jonas' main research interests are in the areas of comparative effectiveness, health economics, and pharmacogenomics. He has worked with the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center conducting systematic reviews, including comparative drug effectiveness reviews on medications for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, chronic constipation, and asthma. He is interested in patient time costs for healthcare-related activities and their impact on cost-effectiveness analyses. Dr. Jonas has recently examined the value of patient time spent in the screening colonoscopy process and in receiving anticoagulation care.

In addition, he has studied patients' willingness to pay to avoid the discomfort associated with screening colonoscopy and to be able to have home self-testing for monitoring anticoagulation therapy. He is currently working on research with the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, including a study examining the role of a genetic-based warfarin dosing algorithm for patients starting anticoagulation therapy.


Physician Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Hayes, Inc. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacist Continuing Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.1 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0809-9999-14-207-H01-P) Type of Activity: Knowledge 

Nursing Continuing Education
This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Designated for 0.0 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education
Hayes, Inc. is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 140928. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours of continuing education. This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards.

Certified Health Education Specialists Continuing Education
Sponsored by Hayes, Inc., a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum entry-level continuing education contact hours available are 1.0.

Case Manager Continuing Education
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.

If you have questions about the presentation, please e-mail us at: Educationservices@hayesinc.com.


  • This educational activity has been funded by AHRQ.
  • There has been no outside commercial support for this activity.
  • Presenter(s) and planning committee members have no conflicts of interest, relevant financial relationships, or sponsorships to disclose.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Criteria for successful completion 

  • Each participant must complete an evaluation and must successfully pass the posttest with a grade of 75% or higher to obtain the CE credit.
  • For Pharmacists: Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, transcript information will be available at www.mycpemonitor.net within 4 weeks

Required Hardware/Software

AHRQ requires a modern web browser (Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome). Certain educational activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of their content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, Windows Media Player, and Real Networks Real One Player.