Medication Deprescribing | Conditions of the Older Adult

Get a thorough explanation of the deprescribing process and teaches participants how to improve health outcomes and the quality of life for patients by reducing medication burdens and optimizing medication regimens. 

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Deprescribing is a process of medication review and withdrawal of medications that are no longer necessary or may be causing harm. Deprescribing aims to reduce the medication burden and optimize the medication regimen to improve the patient’s health outcomes and quality of life. This course is designed for pharmacy professionals to understand the concept of medication deprescribing and its importance in optimizing the medication regimen of older adults. The course will cover the rationale behind medication deprescribing, the process of deprescribing, and the identification of potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) in older adults. The course will also cover deprescribing strategies to reduce, replace, or withdraw inappropriate medications. 

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:  

  • Discuss the rationale for medication deprescribing  in older adults   
  • Understand that medication deprescribing is a systematic process that must be individualized for each person.   
  • Identify potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) for older adults or medications that contribute to geriatric syndromes   
  • Develop deprescribing strategies to reduce, replace, or withdraw inappropriate medications  

Course outline:

  • Learning Module
  • Multiple Choice Exam
  • Program Evaluation

Course at a glance:

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.  

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