Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: An Evidence-based Approach

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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2010 - Medical - 463 pages
A change is coming. By 2050, the world's 65-and-older population will double, and the 85 and older population will mushroom fivefold. As the number of older adults surge, so too will the number of medication management challenges pharmacists and other health care providers experience. For the geriatric population, complex cases are often the norm, and providing safe and effective care can mean considering assessments of function and cognition, contacting multiple prescribers, and understanding a patient's history, beliefs, and care giving situation before making therapeutic decisions. Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: An Evidence-Based Approach gives practitioners the information they need to improve outcomes and personalize care for elderly patients. Section 1 explores important foundational concepts such as social and behavioral issues, ethical considerations, biomedical principles of aging, geriatric assessment, and polypharmacy. Section 2 covers common disease states in aging adults, providing evidence-based treatment information as well as helpful tips for minimizing common problems and contending with clinical controversies. Particular attention is given to how treatment can differ along the spectrum of active elderly to frail elderly patients. Useful features throughout the book guide practitioners in navigating the maze of information required when caring for an older patient. These include:
  • Summarized treatment guidelines
  • Reviews of the evidence-base
  • Special focus on recommendations for frail elderly
  • At least one full case study, or more, in each chapter
  • Clinical Pearls
  • Key Points highlight important information in each chapter
  • Key terms and definitions
The demands of an aging population mean a greater understanding of geriatric pharmacotherapy will soon be essential for all health care providers. Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy ensures that you'll have the information needed to respond appropriately

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Lisa Hutchison Brief Biographical Sketch Lisa Hutchison earned her BS pharmacy (1982) and her PharmD (1983) at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. In 1984, she completed a Pharmacy Residency at Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She earned her MPH (2001) from the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 1992. Dr. Hutchison was the Education and Quality Management Coordinator for the Little Rock VA Medical Center. Following this she was employed as the Assistant Director for Clinical Affairs at Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacist at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. In 1993, Dr. Hutchison won the Award for Achievement in the Professional Practice of Pharmacy in Organized Health Care Settings from the American Society of Healthsystems Pharmacy for the publication 'Clinical privileges for pharmacists.' In 2008, the American Pharmacists Association recognized her with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice. She has served as Chair-Elect and Chair of the Geriatrics Practice and Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and was named a fellow of this organization in 2008. Rebecca B. Sleeper, PharmD, FASCP, BCPS Dr. Sleeper is the Division Head of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy's Geriatrics Division in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She received her PharmD from the University of Rhode Island and Specialty Residency training in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy from TTUHSC School of Pharmacy In Amarillo. Following this, she joined the faculty at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy's Lubbock campus in 1999. She became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2000 and a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in 2002. Dr. Sleeper has developed consulting and collaborative drug therapy management services in long-term care, assisted living, and skilled facilities and is currently a consultant pharmacist at the Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center, a teaching nursing facility on the TTUHSC campus. Dr. Sleeper has been the recipient of multiple preceptor of the year and teaching team of the year awards for Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Clerkships and Neurosensory coursework. In 2002 she was awarded the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacist's New Pharmacist Award and is a Past Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's Geriatrics Practice and Research Network.

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