Pharmacists Guide to Osteoporosis | Conditions of the Older Adult

Gain an in-depth and practical primer on osteoporosis including its impact on elderly populations.

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This course will provide an overview of osteoporosis, a bone disease characterized by decreased bone density and increased risk of fracture. Participants will learn about the impact of osteoporosis, particularly in an aging population, and the tools used to identify individuals at increased fracture risk. The course will also cover medications that can decrease bone density and increase fracture risk, as well as the role of calcium and vitamin D in managing osteoporosis. Non-pharmacologic strategies to reduce fracture risk will also be discussed. Finally, participants will become familiar with different pharmacologic agents used to treat osteoporosis, with an emphasis on selecting appropriate agents based on individual patient needs. 

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:  

  • Establish a definition of osteoporosis   
  • Understand the impact of osteoporosis, especially in light of an aging population   
  • Be able to use established tools to identify individuals who are at increased fracture risk   
  • List medications which can decrease bone density (directly or indirectly) and thus increase fracture risk   
  • Describe the role of calcium and vitamin D in the management of osteoporosis   
  • Discuss non-pharmacologic strategies to reduce fracture risk   
  • Become familiar with different pharmacologic agents in the treatment of osteoporosis, with an emphasis on which agents might be more appropriate in different clinical situations  

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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