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Polypharmacy Implications in Home Care: Part Two

presented by Erica Wilson, PharmD

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Financial: Erica Wilson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Erica Wilson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 31 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

More than 77 million baby boomers have reached their 70s, according to a 2017 nationwide survey. An aging population is often associated with complex medication regimens and negative effects that are too frequently ignored. Polypharmacy is a growing concern in our health care system, both in elderly and other special populations. This course is the second part of a two-part series and should be taken after Part One has been completed. This course discusses methods and solutions to overcome challenges faced in polypharmacy, including the medication reconciliation and deprescribing processes. There is an in-depth discussion on how to use evidence-based tools such as the Beers Criteria to reduce polypharmacy and assess for potentially inappropriate prescribing. A relatable case review is included. This course is applicable to all health care professionals who interact with patients in home health and/or hospice settings.

Meet Your Instructor

Erica Wilson, PharmD

Dr. Erica Wilson has been in the pharmacy field for more than 10 years and has worked with patients of all ages and backgrounds, helping them to understand their medications and medical conditions while optimizing therapeutic outcomes and detecting any medication-related problems. She focuses on collaborating with the patient and health care providers to develop…

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1. Reducing Polypharmacy: Part One

In this chapter, several strategies to reduce the negative effects of polypharmacy are discussed. A case is introduced and is revisited throughout the duration of the course. The basic steps to a medication reconciliation process are provided. How to deprescribe successfully is also presented.

2. Reducing Polypharmacy: Part Two

This chapter further discusses strategies to reduce the negative effects of polypharmacy using evidence-based tools, including the Beers Criteria, STOPP/START, and MAI.

3. Case Analysis

In this chapter, the case is revisited with a thorough analysis of what was discussed in the course overall. A course summary is provided.

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