Geriatric Medication Precautions – 4 Hours



In this course, we will examine the reasons why geriatric patients require special medication precautions, discuss the available tools for medication review designed to reduce inappropriate and polypharmacy prescribing practices, explore methods to prevent drug-related problems in older adults, and consider some recommendations we can pass on to seniors to improve their medication use.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize the reasons why the elderly population requires special medication precautions.
  • Identify the potential drug-related problems with medications prescribed to the elderly.
  • Define prescribing cascade and learn to detect it to prevent medication problems in older people.
    Describe the IGRIMUP and its role in the global effort to reduce inappropriate and polypharmacy prescribing practices in older adults.
  • List the tools available to identify pharmacotherapy problems and modify and improve a drug regimen for older adults.
  • Review the Beers Criteria and the rationale for use in preventing Potentially Inappropriate Medications (PIM) and other drugs to avoid in older persons.
  • Explain the STOPP/START criteria and how they help minimize potentially inappropriate prescribing in the elderly.
  • Examine the reasoning behind Deprescribing and why it is essential to good prescribing practices.
    Evaluate the Medication Appropriateness Index (MAI) and its reliability as a quality measure for potentially inappropriate prescribing.
  • Describe the ARMOR protocol, its primary outcome goals, and the functional status and mobility of elderly patients.
  • Recognize the Good Palliative-Geriatric Practice Algorithm and how physicians use it to reduce polypharmacy.
  • Recognize the FORTA method, a clinical tool designed to increase appropriateness of pharmacotherapy in older adults.
    Identify other supportive tools, such as the Anticholinergic Risk Scale, Prescribing Optimization Method, and Drug Burden Index, used to resolve polypharmacy, potentially inappropriate medications, and potentially omitted drugs.
  • Discuss how a CMR conducted by a pharmacist and healthcare providers can decrease medication-related complications for older people.
  • Categorize recommendations to give seniors on how to manage their medications safely to avoid drug-related problems.
    Describe methods to prevent drug-related problems before prescribing and after prescribing medication for older adults.


Contact Hours: 4 Hours 

Course Fee: $20 / Participant 

Author: Elvia Sellountos, Pharm D, RPh.

Target Audience: Nursing Healthcare Professionals 

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test). A passing score of 70% is required for course completion. Upon completion, a printable PDF certificate will be sent via email.

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