Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: An Evidence-Based Approach

Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: An Evidence-Based Approach
  • 2010
  • © American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Lisa C. Hutchison Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS; Rebecca B. Sleeper Pharm.D., FASCP, BCPS, FCCP
  • ISBN-10: 1-58528-228-6 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58528-228-9 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58528-304-0 (E-book)
  • Pharmacy/Pharmacology, Evidence Based Medicine, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine


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A change is coming. By 2050, the world's 65-and-older population will double, and the 85 and older population will mushroom fivefold. As the number of older adults surges, so too will the number of medication management challenges pharmacists and other health care providers experience. For the geriatric population, complex cases are often the norm, and providing safe and effective care can mean considering assessments of function and cognition, contacting multiple prescribers, and understanding a patient's history, beliefs, and care giving situation before making therapeutic decisions.

Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: An Evidence-Based Approach gives practitioners the information they need to improve outcomes and personalize care for elderly patients. Section 1 explores important foundational concepts such as social and behavioral issues, ethical considerations, biomedical principles of aging, geriatric assessment, and polypharmacy. Section 2 covers common disease states in aging adults, providing evidence-based treatment information as well as helpful tips for minimizing common problems and contending with clinical controversies. Particular attention is given to how treatment can differ along the spectrum of active elderly to frail elderly patients.

Useful features throughout the book guide practitioners in navigating the maze of information required when caring for an older patient. These include:

  • • Summarized treatment guidelines
  • • Reviews of the evidence-base
  • • Special focus on recommendations for frail elderly
  • • At least one full case study, or more, in each chapter
  • • Clinical Pearls
  • • Key Points highlight important information in each chapter
  • • Key terms and definitions

The demands of an aging population mean a greater understanding of geriatric pharmacotherapy will soon be essential for all health care providers. Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy ensures that you'll have the information needed to respond appropriately.


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"This is a much needed review of available clinical evidence for disease states encountered in the geriatric population. Many general pharmacotherapy textbooks devote little space exclusively to the unique characteristics and medication management needs of older patients."

-- Susan Kent, PharmD, CGP (Temple University School of Pharmacy) Doody's Review



This is a valuable and much needed book for pharmacy practitioners caring for geriatric patients. Intended as a textbook for pharmacy students, each chapter contains clear objectives, defines key terms, provides clinical pearls and case studies, and includes chapter summaries as well as self-assessment questions.


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