Polypharmacy: Reconciling Medications to Avoid Adverse Events and Support Patient Goals
When goals of therapy shift from prolonging a patient’s life to symptom management and quality of life, a clinician is often facing a patient on multiple medications – including some with little benefit under the new goals. Stopping those medications can decrease the patient’s financial burden, as well as the risk of adverse effects.
Whether to stop long-term maintenance medications can be a difficult decision for health care providers, patients and families. With few formal studies and no clinical guidelines to help them, prescribers who care for patients at the end of life may not be aware of the nuances of deescalating therapy.
This course provides clinicians with a framework for understanding polypharmacy; the importance of deprescribing drugs in palliative care patients; and the tools, strategies, and resources clinicians can use to safely stop medications in alignment with patient goals.
What You’ll Learn
What You’ll Earn
1 continuing education (CE) credit approved by the following accreditation bodies:
- CEs are provided through California State University San Marcos, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
- The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Doctors Company and California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care. The Doctors Company is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Completion and Refunds
In order to complete this course and obtain a certificate, you must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase. No refunds are given for self-paced courses.