Medication use and misuse in older patients is an important issue in medicine due to an aging population, high rates of medicine use, and an apparent lack of clinical evidence for safe, effective and appropriate medication use in older people. In addition, multi-morbidity is the norm rather than the exception in ageing people and as the average age of the population increases there is high need for effective delivery of evidence based information to assist in management of this population group.
This presentation will provide you with some key issues to consider when treating aged patients, including polypharmacy, under-prescribing, and methods to improve quality use of medicines. We will also be demonstrating and asking for your feedback on a prototype decision support software for the provision of disease state management information in complex patients, intended to tackle some of the issues discussed.
At the end of this seminar pharmacists should be able to:
• Outline major challenges when prescribing medicines for older patients
• Describe more specific issues related to newer drugs (drug classes) for older patients
• Discuss strategies to improve medication adherence and to minimise ADRs in older patients
• Summarise key drug developments that might improve medicine use in older patients.
This event addresses the following Competency Standards (2010): 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 4.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3.
Accreditation number: CVP140507
This activity has been accredited for 1.5 hourS of Group 1 CPD suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Up to 1.5 hourS of Group 1 activity may be converted to Group 2 (or 3 CPD credits), if self-assessment questions are completed.
Professor Peteris Darzins
Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Monash University, Director of Geriatric Medicine and Executive Clinical Director of Continuing Care (Eastern Health, Peter James Centre)