- Friday, May 3
- 3:35 PM - 4:35 PM
Polypharmacy, defined as the use of multiple drugs or more than are medically necessary, is a growing concern for older adults. With older adults living longer and experiencing multiple chronic comorbidities, medication regimens are becoming more complex and lengthy. It is no longer unusual to see patients taking 10 or more medications. Unfortunately, polypharmacy has been associated with an increased risk of adverse drug events (ADEs), drug-interactions, medication non-adherence, reduced functional capacity, and multiple geriatric syndromes. This lecture will present real-world cases of polypharmacy and review the concepts of de-prescribing, what medications are no longer considered helpful to older adults, and how to safely reduce polypharmacy in real-world settings among patients. "Cases in Geriatrics: Navigating Polypharmacy in the Elderly" meets the criteria of the Texas Medical Board for 1.0 credit of professional responsibility. Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming professional responsibility credit.
Recognize the negative consequences of polypharmacy among older adults
Describe the concept of de-prescribing and what medications are no longer considered helpful for older adults
Discuss how to safely reduce polypharmacy in real-world settings (e.g. outpatient, hospital, skilled nursing facility, long-term care) among older adults
Describe barriers to reducing polypharmacy and means of overcoming these barriers
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