Clinical Pharmacology

Implications for Therapists Working with Older Adults

Why do you need to know about the medications your patients are taking?  You’re a rehab therapist, not a physician or pharmacologist, for goodness sake. You don’t prescribe, so why would anyone think it’s part of your role as a rehab therapist?

The fact is that prescription, OTC, and shared drugs as well as supplements all affect function as well as physical and cognitive abilities and our ability to work with our patients. Our ignorance of this vital bit of data means that we can’t properly modify our treatment plans or notify the treatment team when there’s a problem.

Have you ever scratched your head when patients aren’t progressing properly or their exercise tolerance continues to be limited? Without a proper medication review, you may not uncover the real problem.

As a rehab therapist, you may see your patients as often as 1-3 times/week, while the prescribing physicians may see them once a month or less often. Thus, we are likely to discover medication errors or problems much more quickly.

You may have felt too overwhelmed to address this topic until now. You may know that you need this information, but you didn’t know where to start. If so, this is course for you.

Do you want to better understand how medications affect a person’s health and ability to function? All medications have both positive and negative effects which potentially impact a patient’s ability to function. Therapists who integrate medication knowledge into practice will maximize patient safety, function and outcomes. Medications have a dramatic impact on ADL and IADL function and by knowing these effects, therapists have the greatest opportunity to improve function when interfering medications are identified and addressed.

The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the information required to incorporate pharmacology and medication management into practice with the older adult. Therapists across the acute care and post-acute care continuum are accountable for patient safety inclusive of medication effects on physical function.

This seminar includes interactive lecture components, but Dr. Miller also includes small group discussions, video and case scenarios to demonstrate medication assessment, management and education.

Participants will be able to immediately translate pharmacology knowledge into clinical practice to effectively assess and treat patients while maintaining patient safety. You will learn techniques to help monitor patients for intended effects, untoward effects, and side effects in order to assist with safe medication use, medication adherence and reduce hospitalizations related to adverse drug events.

Evidence-based resources, including the Beers Criteria and communication tools such as CUS, will be provided to participants to help them engage in crucial conversations with the patient and the healthcare team to improve safe medication use. The course manual is comprehensive including both print and electronic resources for uses immediately in practice. The participant will take home quick examination tools to identify pharmacology issues in minutes.

What Participants Are Saying . . .

“Great Presenter. Very upbeat and knowledgeable, thank you for making me feel more confident with medication reviews.”

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“This course was very informative and interactive.”

“Exactly the kind of course I needed.”

  1. Evaluate patients with polypharmacy.
  2. Treat patients with polypharmacy.
  3. Define and explain pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, polypharmacy, medication errors, and adverse drug events.
  4. Explain how to use the Beers List to identify potentially inappropriate drug use in the elderly population.
  5. List the commonly prescribed medications (prescription and OTC), their indications and side effects.
  6. Explain medication adherence and how it relates to adverse drug events and health outcomes.
  7. Identify adverse drug reactions, side effects, and intended effects of the medications geriatric patients take.
  8. List the steps involved in performing medication reconciliation.
  9. Explain where to nd the regulations pertaining to scope of practice.

EDUCATIONAL CREDIT: A certificate of attendance for 20 contact hours of educational activity (20 CEUs or 2.0 CEUs depending on how your Practice Act determines CEUs in your state) will be awarded to registrants upon completion of the seminar. Great Seminars and Books is an Approved CE Provider for PTs and PTAs in DC, NY, KY, IL, TX and NC. Approved in AR, MD, VA, and NJ for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. Have applied for approval in OK and WI. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in PA, SC, AL, VA, IN, AZ, DE, GA, NH, OR, RI, UT, VT and MO. Courses are accepted for CEUs in NE, ID, MT, WA, CT, IA, and ND. If you do not see your state listed, please give our office a call. GREAT Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #5363. This course is not approved by ASHA or Board of Certification. Your tuition is tax deductible. Any reference to or mention of state rules or regulations concerning continuing education requirements are true and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. If you have questions, please contact your board or regulating body.

Day 1

7:30AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00AM – Pre-Test and Introduction – Background, Medical Errors, IOM “To Err is Human Report”, APTA/AOTA Position Statements, Regulations, Therapist role in Medication Safety, Medication and Physical Function. Case Scenario – problem solving – fall etiology

10:00AM – Break

10:15AM – Patient/client management model examination and evaluation Small Group Activity – history and medication review Definitions: Pharmacology Basics, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Drug Use in Older Adults, Common Adverse Drug Reactions (GI symptoms, Falls/Dizziness, sedation, confusion, fatigue and weakness). Small Group Activity – Assessment tools – Delirium, Dementia, Depression, Falls/ Dizziness, Orthostatic Hypotension Non-pharmacological interventions for Orthostatic Hypotension

12:30PM – Working Lunch (on your own)

1:30PM – Pain Meds: Opiates, Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs, Tylenol, Corticosteroids, Gabapentinoids, Anti- spasm medications.

3:30PM – Psychotropics: Depression, Anxiety, Sedatives, Mood stabilizers.

4:30PM – Break

4:45PM – Small Group Activity – Assessment tools – Activity Intolerance/Endurance, Strength, Sleep, Anxiety and Pain.

5:30PM – Interventions – Non-pharmacological interventions for sleep promotion and anxiety management 6:00PM Questions and Answers

6:30PM – Adjourn


Day 2

7:30AM – Continental Breakfast

8:00AM – Cardiac Medications, Anticoagulant Medications, Hyperlipemia Medications Non-pharmacological interventions to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Small Group Activity – Assessment Tools for DVT and Statin-related myalgia – Wells Criteria for DVT, VTE management Clinical Practice Guideline Small Group Activity – Medication Review and Reconciliation Process. Case Scenarios.

10:00AM – Break

10:15AM – Pulmonary Medications, Diabetic Medications, Osteoporosis Medications. Non-Pharmacological Interventions for diabetes and osteoporosis. Small Group Activity – Clinical Decision Making – Case Scenarios

12:30PM – Working Lunch (on your own)

1:30PM – Parkinson Medications, Other Medications (Metabolic, Cancer, Anemia, Antiviral/Antibiotic, Neurological, Ortho), Drug- Drug Interactions

2:30PM – Appropriate use of Medications in the older adult population – Use of the Updated BEERS Criteria (2019). Small Group Activity – Case Scenario – Medication Reconciliation

3:30PM – Break

3:45PM – Dietary Supplements, Alcohol, Drug-Food Interactions. Video – Medication Reconciliation for an older adult

4:45PM – Patient engagement and adherence tools – Teach Back, transtheoretical model of change and motivational interviewing 6:00PM Post Test, Questions and Answers

6:30PM – Adjourn

Participant cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.

In the event that a course is cancelled by Great Seminars and Books, participants will be offered the equivalent number of hours of online or live courses, or a refund. Great Seminars and Books is not responsible for course related expenses that participants may incur such as transportation, lodging or meals.

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Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular Price = $545

Late Fee = add $25

Green Bay, WIMay 21-22, 2022

Course Location: Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopedics
1970 S. Ridge Road
Green Bay, WI 54304


Early Bird (thru 4/28/22) = $495

Regular Price (4/28/22 – 5/12/2) = $545

Late Fee (5/12/2 – 5/21/2) = $570

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Palm Springs, CANovember 5-6, 2022

Course Location: Eisenhower Health
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


Early Bird (thru 10/6/22) = $495

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Your Instructor

Kenneth Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA