Pharmacy: Approaches to Geriatric Pharmacology for Pharmacists: A Primer

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About Course #Y8002

Start Date: September 10, 2019

Expiration Date: September 10, 2022

Geriatric patient care skills, once a specialty training area, have become a necessary skill for all healthcare providers. The elderly constitute a significant cohort among various care environments. Any problem, medication or otherwise, experienced by an older adult patient requires a multi-factorial assessment.

The topics covered in this course include core geriatric assessment principles that all disciplines caring for older adults are required to understand, geriatric pharmacological principles, and methods to assess appropriateness of medication use recommendations in the older adult.

This course is for the average to advanced-level pharmacy provider. It is a general primer providing a theoretical framework to help pharmacists apply the presented principles to overall medication management as well as to specialized therapeutic categories of medication use, such as cardiovascular, endocrinological, pulmonary, and psychotropic.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-19-005-H01-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 01- Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Course Objectives

  • Outline a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment as it applies to geriatric pharmacotherapy assessment.
  • Discuss the importance of individualized goals of care for frail older adults.
  • Describe atypical symptom presentation in frail older adult patients.
  • Identify factors influencing pharmacotherapy outcomes in older adults that typically are not of concern in younger patients.
  • Explain the physiological changes that occur in older adults as well as special mechanisms and considerations of geriatric pharmacology.
  • List examples of medication-related harm that may occur to a patient with impaired swallowing when a drug dosage form is altered.
  • Indicate the appropriate formula to estimate drug dose adjustments in the older adult patient per U.S. Food and Drug Administration dose adjustment recommendations.
  • Describe a system to analyze an older adult patient's complex medication regimens that addresses factors commonly overlooked when utilizing the usual approach appropriate for younger patients.
  • List examples of social environmental parameters that can potentially affect an older adult's medication use outcomes.
  • Identify two clinical tools or resources that can help pharmacists provide medication management for older adults.

About the Author(s)

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. Dr. Antimisiaris is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and a certified geriatric pharmacist.

  • 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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