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 Drug Therapy Management Series Part III: Geriatric Disorders
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Course Overview:
Pharmacy professionals are increasingly taking on expanded roles in drug therapy management in a variety of settings and chronic diseases common in geriatric patients. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians should be familiar with drug therapy management dilemmas that arise in elderly patients, such as polypharmacy, inappropriate medication use, and physiologic and pharmacokinetic changes that impact drug therapy. This course will equip participants to help resolve these and other potential drug therapy problems that often arise in geriatric patients.
Learning Objectives:

After completing this course the pharmacist  will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of aging in the United States.
  • Summarize the changing demographics in the elderly population in the United States.
  • Explain how and why polypharmacy is a greater problem in the elderly population, relative to younger patients.
  • List age-related changes in physiology that alter the effects of medications in the elderly.
  • Cite examples of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes that occur in geriatric patients.
  • Discuss the strategies that pharmacists can implement to limit polypharmacy and drug toxicity in the elderly.
  • List examples of drugs that may be inappropriate for use in the elderly according to the Beers list.
  • Summarize how pharmacists can address the problem of underutilized medications in the elderly using ACOVE quality indicators.
  • Describe the socioeconomic impact of medication non-adherence.
  • Discuss strategies that pharmacists can implement to improve medication adherence in geriatric patients.

After completing this course the pharmacy technician will be able to:
  • List the reasons why the elderly population in the United States are living longer.
  • Cite examples of how polypharmacy can develop in the elderly population.
  • Name five age-related changes in physiology that alter the effects of medications in the elderly.
  • List five examples of pharmacokinetic changes that occur in geriatric patients.
  • Name two screening instruments or tools that are used to improve pharmacotherapy in the elderly.
  • List several examples of drugs that may be inappropriate for us in the elderly according to the Beers list.
  • Describe the socioeconomic impact of medication non-adherence.
  • List several strategies that can be implemented to improve medication adherence in geriatric patients.
Target Audience:
Pharmacists
Pharmacy Technicians
Faculty:

Darrell Hulisz, RPh, PharmD is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He also holds a clinical faculty appointment at Ohio Northern University, College of Pharmacy. Dr. ("Darrell") Hulisz received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo and Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Darrell has published over 70 papers in the medical and pharmacy literature, has lectured extensively both locally and nationally and has served as an investigator in several clinical trials. He has made numerous appearances on local television and radio programs. He also serves on several national advisory panels and is an author for WebMD’s Medscape.com and a speaker and author for AMN Healthcare's RxSchool.com.

Darrell currently practices as a clinical pharmacist with University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency Program, where he works in consultation with family physicians, both on inpatient and outpatient services. Darrell has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards. He also completed a federal, multi-agency faculty development fellowship to further his expertise in the field of addiction medicine. He also served as a co-investigator for a multidisciplinary chronic pain study funded by the Macy Foundation. He was recently awarded a federal grant as a co-investigator to develop leadership and advocacy in urban health and community health within a multidisciplinary team.

Faculty Disclosure:
RxSchool strives to keeps its content fair and unbiased. The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The planners of the educational activity have no conflicts of interest to disclose. There is no commercial support being used for this course.

Participants are advised that the accredited status of RxSchool does not imply endorsement by the provider ACPE of any products/therapeutics mentioned in this course. 

The information in the course is for educational purposes only. 

Darrell Hulisz has no conflicts to disclose.
Release date:
August 20, 2014
Expiration Date:
August 20, 2017
 
 


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ACPE - Pharmacists Accreditation
RxSchool is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This home study web activity has been assigned a maximum of 5 credit hours and the ACPE UPN: 0372-0000-14-020-H01-P.

Expiration Date: 08/20/2017

Release Date: 08/20/2014

 
To receive educational credit, participants must pass the online assessment with a score of 70% or better. If you do not receive a minimum score of 70% or better, you are permitted to retake the test. After passing the assessment, you can view, print and track your statements of credit online.

ACPE - Technicians Accreditation
RxSchool is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This home study web activity has been assigned a maximum of 5 credit hours and the ACPE UPN: 0372-0000-14-020-H01-T.

Expiration Date: 08/20/2017

Release Date: 08/20/2014

 
To receive educational credit, participants must pass the online assessment with a score of 70% or better. If you do not receive a minimum score of 70% or better, you are permitted to retake the test. After passing the assessment, you can view, print and track your statements of credit online.

The material presented here does not reflect the views of Pharmacy Choice, Inc., RxSchool, or the companies providing educational content. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.

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