STEADI: The Pharmacist’s Role in Older Adult Fall Prevention

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Activity Preview

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among people aged 65 years and older and pose a serious threat to the health and independence of older adults. Risk factors include poor balance, vitamin D insufficiency, and medications that can cause dizziness, sedation, confusion, blurred vision, or orthostatic hypotension. Medication review and management is one of the most important strategies in reducing fall risk. As some of the most accessible members of the healthcare team and as medication experts, pharmacists play a critical role in fall prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) initiative to provide sought after tools and resources to help pharmacists and other healthcare providers.

Learning Objectives

This online training will provide pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and ability to identify fall prevention strategies that they can integrate within their pharmacy practice. It will provide strategies to help pharmacists screen older adults for fall risk, conduct medication review and management, and offer patient education. 

After participating in this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  1. Describe the burden of falls among older adults.
  2. Identify health conditions and types of medications that increase fall risk.
  3. Implement fall screening, assess risk factors and offer prevention strategies.
  4. Discuss strategies to improve patient care coordination for fall prevention.

Activity type: Application-based
Target Audience
: Pharmacists
Learning level: 2

Accreditation Information

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The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.10 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers for this activity are 0202-9999-17-135-H04-P.  To obtain 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEUs) for "STEADI: The Pharmacist’s Role in Older Adult Fall Prevention" complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, evaluation questions, and CLAIM credit. Participants will need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After your credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.  

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: March 24, 2017
Expiration date: March 24, 2020 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE

Development

"STEADI: The Pharmacist’s Role in Older Adult Fall Preventionis an online continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Speakers

Danielle Fixen, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor, Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, CO

Julie Gilchrist, MD
Medical Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Korey A. Kennelty, PharmD, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, FCCP, FASCP, BCPS, CGP
Professor
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, CO

Randy P. McDonough, PharmD, MS, CGP, BCPS, FAPhA
Co-Owner/Director of Clinical Services, Towncrest Pharmacy
Iowa City, IA

Judy Stevens, PhD
Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Retired)
Atlanta, GA

Course Planners

Mamta V. Karani, PharmD, BCPS
ORISE Fellow
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Julie Gilchrist, MD
Medical Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Susan Dugan, BA
Health Communications Specialist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP
Associate Director of Content Development
American Pharmacists Association

Consultants

Zachary A. Marcum, PharmD, PhD, BCPS 
Assistant Professor
University of Washington School of Pharmacy
Seattle, WA 

Robert M. Breslow, BS Pharm, RPh
Associate Professor (CHS 
University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy 
Madison, WI

Disclosures

All speakers and contributors declare no conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and no financial interests in any company, product, or service mentioned in this program, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.

APhA's editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete APhA staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.  Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Director of Content Development at the American Pharmacists Association. 

Fee

There is no fee for this learning activity.

System Requirements

Computer and Internet access is required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-9999-17-135-H04-P 0.1 CEUs March 24, 2017 - March 24, 2020