Geriatric Pharmacology: Essentials for Nurses


About Course #N1835

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

Along with the aging population come several alarming statistics regarding medication use in older adults. Adults older than 65 years are twice as likely to visit the emergency department for adverse drug events (ADEs) and nearly seven times more likely than others to require hospitalization after an emergency visit. The leading causes of ADEs are inappropriate prescribing, inappropriate dosing, and inferior monitoring. Inappropriate monitoring of medication use is accountable for 50% of all drug-related emergency department visits resulting in hospitalization. The vulnerability of older adults is a challenge to the healthcare system, and with respect to medication use, this represents a strong advanced practice registered nurse intervention opportunity.

Any problem, medication or otherwise, experienced by an older adult patient requires a multifactorial assessment. The topics covered in this course include geriatric pharmacological principles and methods to assess appropriateness of medication use recommendations in the older adult. This course is for the advanced practice registered nurse who manages the treatment and care of the older adult in all healthcare settings.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, course #N1711 - Approaches to Geriatric Pharmacology.

About the Author

Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific. She completed a geriatric clinical pharmacy residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center - Sepulveda/University of California, Los Angeles. This institution had an innovative geriatric evaluation unit, one of the first in the country, where it developed and tested methods of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. Its faculty, whose energy and passion for quality geriatrics training produced many of the leaders in geriatrics today, mentored her. Dr. Antimisiaris is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and a certified geriatric pharmacist. She serves on the ASCP education and research committee, leads its preceptor development committee, and advises several organizations on medication use education.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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