Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Erectile Dysfunction | Conditions of the Older Adult

Gain an overview of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and erectile dysfunction (ED) as well as its prevalence, causes, and effects.


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This module will cover the topics of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and erectile dysfunction (ED), including their prevalence and pathophysiology as well as the pharmacists’ role in managing BPH and ED. It will also discuss the signs, symptoms and lifestyle effects on males and their families. The laboratory findings related to the diagnosis and treatment of BPH and ED will be interpreted, and the various treatment types, including surgical interventions and pharmacotherapy, will be listed and summarized. The adverse effects of medications used to treat BPH and ED, and drug interactions with other medications, will also be discussed. 

This module is extracted from the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Preparation Course. The content in this module provides current treatment guidelines for all populations and are not necessarily specific to geriatric care.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:  

  • Define benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and erectile dysfunction (ED) and prevalence   
  • Discuss the pathophysiology and main causes of BPH and ED   
  • Describe signs, symptoms and lifestyle effects of BPH and ED on males and their families    
  • Interpret basic laboratory findings related to the diagnosis and treatment of BPH and ED   
  • List treatment types and summarize surgical interventions for BPH and ED   
  • Discuss pharmacotherapy and criteria for selection for BPH and ED   
  • List the adverse effects of medications prescribed for BPH and ED and interactions with drugs to treat other disorders   
  • Describe the role of the pharmacist in managing BPH and ED  

Course outline:

  • Learning Module
  • Multiple Choice Exam
  • Program Evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • 1 hour to complete
  • 1 CEU
  • Course Expiration Date: December 1, 2023
  • Online
  • Accreditation: 8003-2023-3626-I-P
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules, complete the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70 per cent or higher (two attempts), and complete the program evaluation.

Who should take this course:

This online professional development program is developed for pharmacists who would like to increase their confidence and practice knowledge in managing conditions of older adults.  

Development Team:

  • Feng Chang, RPh (PharmD)
  • Justin Lin, RPh (PharmD, BPS)
  • Karen Riley, RPh (BScPhm, Pharm D, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, CDE)

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