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Minimizing the Risk of Polypharmacy in the Older Adult

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Intended Audience

ACPE Universal Activity Number

James W. Cooper, RPh, PhD, BCPS, CGP, FASHP, FASCP, FCP
Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy and Consultant Pharmacist
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Allison H. Burfield, R.N. Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing,
Affiliate Gerontology Faculty College of Health and Human Services,
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

CE Hours


Dates Available
11/10/2013 to 11/10/2016

Activity Type



The goal of this course is to recognize polypharmacy, inappropriate medications used in the older adult, drug-related problems, strategies for reducing or replacing inappropriate medications and doses per day, and patient education needs of patients for nurses, pharmacists and all prescribers.



  • 1. Define polypharmacy, co-morbidity and disease prevalence where polypharmacy may be more common
  • 2. Delineate drug-related problems that can occur with polypharmacy
  • 3. Differentiate diseases and conditions where polypharmacy may be more or less rational
  • 4. Discuss polypharmacy intervention strategies for medication assessment via problem-oriented format in ambulatory, long-term and acute care settings
  • 5. Describe patient education strategies that can help patients simplify and adhere to their drug regimen and reduce the likelihood of drug-related problems
  • 6. Identify and present solutions for patients who have morbidity or co-morbidity associated with polypharmacy


Course Completion Requirements

All coursework must be completed by the course expiration date. Must complete the final exam with a score of at least 70% and submit a course evaluation. The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credit to CPE Monitor and CEBroker when applicable. If you would like a paper statement of credit, you may print it from your NABP e-profile.


Computer Requirements

Supported Browsers: Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas supports the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and 11
  • Chrome 42 and 43
  • Safari 7 and 8
  • Firefox 37 and 38 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 16 and 17 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser(supporting the latest system requirements)

Required Components: Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences.

Internet Connection: A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.



This course  in its entirety is copyrighted by the University of Florida Continuing Pharmacy Education and may not be duplicated or reproduced for any other purpose without specific written permission.



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This course received no outside funding support.

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