NAME America’s Other Drug Problem: Critical Medication Management Considerations for the Older Patient
COURSE STARTS Open Enrollment
COURSE ENDS 7 weeks to complete from date of registration
LEVEL OF TRAINING Tier 2 – Program Management/Supervisory Level; Tier 1 – Front Line Staff/Entry Level
CONTACT HOURS 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION

America’s Other Drug Problem: Critical Medication Management Considerations for the Older Patient will cover the morbidity and mortality statistics associated with what has been referred to as “America’s Other Drug Problem.” That is the problems that the older patient may experience as a result of their medications. The course will describe what changes occur as a person ages that predisposes them to problems with their medications. This will be followed by a discussion of commonly used classes of medications by older people and suggested desirable medications to within those classes and which agents to avoid. The course will conclude with common sense recommendation to reduce the risk of medication misadventures by older people. 

At the conclusion of this course, users will be able to:

  • State morbidity and mortality statistics associated with medication related problems in the geriatric patient
  • List factors responsible for “America’s Other Drug Problem”
  • Describe changes that predispose older patients to increased morbidity and mortality from medication therapy
  • Recognize that for the elderly, potentially inappropriate medications often have safer alternatives
  • Discuss management considerations