Effective Medication Management in Older Adults

Poor adherence to treatment regimens has long been recognized as a substantial roadblock to achieving better outcomes for patients. Non-adherence to medications affects the quality and length of life and has been associated with negative health outcomes and increasing healthcare costs. The problem of non-adherence is particularly troublesome in older patients who are affected by multiple chronic diseases and for this reason receive multiple treatments. Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm. D., will address the prevalence of CVD in older adults and the associated multimorbidity and polypharmacy, as well as how physicians are considering deprescribing in light of patient-centered decision-making, and will provide strategies to improve medication adherence in older patients.

Target Audience

Cardiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, Interventional Radiologists, General Internists, Primary Care Physicians, Intensivists, Pulmonologists, General Surgeons, Orthopedic Surgeons, Urologists, Gynecologists, Anesthesiologists, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Respiratory Therapists, Pharmacists and Hospitalists.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the prevalence of CVD in older adults and the associated multimorbidity and polypharmacy.
  • Describe the burden of medication-taking and the place for deprescribing in light of patient-centered decision-making.
  • Apply strategies to improve medication adherence in older patient.
Additional information
Bibliography: 

Marcum, Z. A., Hanlon, J. T., & Murray, M. D. (2017). Improving medication adherence and health outcomes in older adults: an evidence-based review of randomized controlled trials. Drugs & aging, 34(3), 191-201.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
02/01/2018
Course expires: 
02/28/2022

Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S., FAHA, FACC, FCCP
Associate Professor and University Term Professor
Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Pharmacogenomics
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 

Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., indicated that neither she nor her spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and she will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in her presentation or discussion.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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