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Decision-IQ: Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Navigating Complexities in Care


This activity was developed by Med-IQ in collaboration with Duke Health.

Med-IQ      Duke Medicine
 

Released:
10/29/19
Expires:
10/28/20

Maximum Credits:

0.25
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Released:
10/29/19

Expires:
10/28/20

Maximum Credits:
0.25
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Released:
10/29/19
Expires:
10/28/20


Maximum Credits:
0.25


Overview: This interactive case-based activity discusses strategies to reduce inappropriate polypharmacy in the geriatric population. Links to useful resources are provided to help participants make clinical decisions for the patient, and expert faculty offer their perspectives on the latest evidence for deprescribing management decisions.

CME Information:

Faculty
Elspeth Clark, DO
Advanced Fellow in Geriatrics
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
 
Milta O. Little, DO
Geriatric Medicine Specialist
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
  
Activity Planners
Amy Burdette, PhD
Manager, Educational Strategy & Content
Med-IQ
Baltimore, MD
 
Rebecca L. Julian, MS, ELS
Senior Manager, Editorial
Med-IQ
Baltimore, MD
 
Samantha Gordon
CME Specialist
Med-IQ
Baltimore, MD
 
Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN, CPHRM
Senior Manager, Accreditation and Compliance
Med-IQ
East Lansing, MI
 
Learning Objective
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Employ clinical decision tools to safely and appropriately reduce polypharmacy in elderly patients

Target Audience
This activity is intended for geriatric physicians, as well as primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who care for elderly patients.
 
Statement of Need
Polypharmacy is common among the geriatric patient population due to a high prevalence of conditions that often require multiple medications for management. However, polypharmacy is associated with many negative consequences such as increased risks of adverse drug events, drug-drug and drug-disease interactions, treatment nonadherence, and mortality. Evidence demonstrates that deprescribing is associated with a reduction in mortality rates, improved quality of life, and reduced healthcare costs. Clinicians who manage elderly patients should have the ability to use clinical tools and resources to identify and discontinue/taper medications that are unnecessary and/or inappropriate to reduce polypharmacy and improve patient outcomes. 

Collaboration Statement
This activity was developed by Med-IQ in collaboration with Duke Health.
 
Accreditation/Designation Statements
Med-IQ is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
Med-IQ designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Medium/Method of Participation
This CME activity consists of a 0.25-credit online publication. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, read the publication, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.
 
Initial Release Date: October 29, 2019
Expiration Date: October 28, 2020
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 15 minutes

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Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation. 
 
Elspeth Clark, DO, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.    

Milta O. Little, DO, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.
  
The peer reviewers and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
 
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Educational activities that assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently are consistent with the ACCME definition of continuing medical education (CME). As an ACCME-accredited provider of CME, it is the policy of Med-IQ to review and ensure that all the content and any recommendations, treatments, and manners of practicing medicine in CME activities are scientifically based, valid, and relevant to the practice of medicine. Med-IQ is responsible for validating the content of the CME activities it provides. Specifically, (1) all recommendations addressing the medical care of patients must be based on evidence that is scientifically sound and recognized as such within the profession; (2) all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
 
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