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.
This course is ideal for:
- Pharmacists, physicians, physicians assistants, advanced practice nurses and other clinicians in all care settings including hospitals, clinics, home health agencies and private practice
- Clinicians working in palliative care and hospice
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.
Topics covered include:
- Overview and scope of the problem
- Polypharmacy in action
- Goals of care in polypharmacy situations
- Tools and strategies for combating polypharmacy
- The evidence base for deprescribing
- A stepwise approach to deprescribing
|Begins:||Registration Coming Soon|
|Is taught:||Completely online, available 24/7|
|Offers:||1.25 CE hours OR Click HERE for CME Credit Info*|
|Requires:||Students have computing skills sufficient to complete graduate work using an online learning platform|
|Is ideal for:||Physicians, pharmacists, APRNs, physician assistants, and nurses|
|Provides:||A foundation for understanding polypharmacy and the importance of describing drugs in palliative care patients|
|Course authors:||Tim Ihrig, MD, MA; Geoffrey C. Wall, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, CGP; and W. John Yost, MD, FACP|
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 Institute for Palliative Care. The Doctors Company is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Course Q & A
Is this a webinar or is it interactive?
This is a self-paced interactive course. It is not a webinar. You will receive a certificate of completion and 1.25 Continuing Education Hours
How long do I have to complete the program?
You will have access to the course for 90 days from the start date
Are CME’s being offered?
Yes! This course provides 1.25 CE hours OR Click HERE for CME Credit Info*
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CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 1.25 CE hours OR Click HERE for CME Credit Info*
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