Resources for Faculty and Health Care Providers

AHRQ’s Prevention and Chronic Care Portfolio. Preventing disease and helping patients maximize health and function over the life span are two essential activities of a well-functioning health care system. AHRQ’s Prevention/Care Management Portfolio works to improve the delivery of primary care services in order to meet the needs of the American population for high quality, safe, effective, and efficient clinical prevention and chronic disease care.

ConsuoltGeriRN.org published several resources on a variety of geriatric topics. Search geriatric pharmacology for articles and resources specific to this topic.

Geriatric pharmacology: pharmacokinetics, polypharmacy, and related topics. Pharmacology Corner devotes a website to a collection of “different PowerPoint presentations on geriatric pharmacology. Some topics are recurrent, such as: physiological changes in pharmacokinetic parameters (absorption, metabolism, elimination), the concept of polypharmacy and classes of drugs that carry a higher risk of use in the elderly” (para 1).

The Iowa Geriatric Center provides multi-media and diverse resources that may be used for teaching students, residents, and fellows in multiple health disciplines, as well as for the training of direct care workers. For example. GeriaSims are interactive, “virtual patient” simulations on the care of older adults. They are intended for physicians, residents and fellows, and medical students. They may also be used by physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

The Medication Safety Reconciliation Toolkit helps hospitals establish and implement a standardized medication reconciliation process. The toolkit provides guidance, sample forms, and tips.

The University of Nebraska College of Medicine present GERI PEARLS, a resource for faculty. The Pearl cards are a short concise review of a particular geriatric topic. Included in the Geri Peals are tips on topics related to sequelae of polypharmacy such as syncope, falls, constipation, etc.

POGOe The portal of Geriatrics Online Education — you will need to register to use this site.

Geriatric Fast Facts are edited by the faculty of the Geriatric Education Teams (GETS) program funded by the Reynolds Foundation, Kathryn Denson, MD, Steven Denson, MD, & Edmund Duthie, MD from the Division of Geriatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, and are published by the Geriatric Fast Facts Website at the Medical College of Wisconsin. For more information write Kathryn Denson, MD. Users are free to download and distribute Geriatric Fast Facts for educational purposes only.

Geriatric pharmacology (quizlet.com) allows you to search for free to use content – also check out information on pharmacokinetics and dynamics. http://quizlet.com/13081390/geriatric-pharmacology-flash-cards/

Clinical Psychopharmacology Education For Mental Health Professionals– The Psychopharmacology Institute is an ongoing project aimed to provide unbiased, evidence-based online education in clinical psychopharmacology.

 

Tools for Using the USPSTF Recommendations for Older Adults

Focus on Older Adults is based on recommendations from the USPSTF, these tools are designed to help primary care clinicians access information at the point of care.

Safety Resources for Review – some of these resources are general in nature, others provide specific guidance for drug therapy in the geriatric population to optimize benefits, minimize harm, and enhance quality of life.

The Insitute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)

The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals (2013)

 

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