instructor: Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
In order to safely and effectively provide services to older adults, occupational therapy practitioners must understand the medical and functional implications of medication use, especially upon such complex occupations as driving and community mobility. This two-hour course presents basic pharmacological principles, a discussion of how and why medications affect older adults differently from other age groups, a model for understanding various categories of medications, and practical interventions to identify, manage, and prevent drug-related problems. Concepts are specifically applied to interventions for driving safety and participation so that practitioners will understand how to use this knowledge in their clinical practice.
Category 1: Domain of Occupational Therapy: Activity Demands
Category 2: Evaluation and Intervention
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, especially those who provide services to older adults, will benefit.
Upon successful completion of a multiple choice post-test, provision of a brief course evaluation and payment for this course, the participant will be awarded 0.2 AOTA CEUs (2 Contact Hours for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners). The University of Florida will send a Certificate of Completion (PDF) via email upon successful completion. Florida therapists may enter their own contact hour into the Florida CEBroker database at no charge.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Recognize basic pharmacological principles.
- List characteristics of older adults that make them susceptible for drug use.
- Identify the most widely prescribed drugs for older adults (classes and examples of drugs).
- Recognize issues with older adults taking drugs including toxicity, adverse drug reactions, unwanted side effects, dependence.
- List issues involving over the counter drugs, herbs, and nutraceuticals.
- Differentiate between drug compliance/non-compliance.
- Identify the role of occupational therapy in drug management.
Basic. Course content is appropriate for those desiring a sound, foundational knowledge of the topic with a focus on practical clinical application.
The learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test. A list of references is available for those who wish to study the topic further.