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AMDA's 32nd Annual Symposium


A09 - Medical Practice in Assisted Living: Medication Management, Falls Prevention, and Physician Care


Mar 5, 2009 1:30pm ‐ Mar 5, 2009 5:00pm

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Presenter(s): Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD;Daniel Haimowitz, MD, CMD; Kirsten Nyrop, MACT; John Schumacher, PhD; PhilipSloane, MD, MPH; Paula Carder, PhD; Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP

Disclosure(s):
Daniel Haimowitz, MD, CMD received a speaker honoraria from Eisai Inc., Pfizer Inc.,Novartis, and Ortho Biotech, L.P. Dr. Haimowitz received an advisory board honorarium from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Allother presenters reported they had no relevant financial relationships todisclose.

Session Description:
This session presents new information from three assistedliving projects (funded by the National Institutes on Aging) of theCollaborative Studies of Long Term Care, as well as other work, including:observational and interview studies of medication administration (prevalenceand types of medications related to severe errors, and use of over the counter (OTC) medications), a fallsprevention and a restorative care intervention study (focusing on the physicianrole), and a survey of physician practices and staff capacity in variedsettings.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the scope of and issues related to medication errors and theuse of over the counter (OTC) medications
  • Describe how physicians and support staff can reduce errors andmonitor OTC use
  • Describe physician involvement in falls prevention in the context ofmonitoring medications and performing falls assessments
  • Discuss the physician’s role in helping to preserve resident function
  • Examine different physician practice patterns in assisted living andhow they relate to patient and community characteristics and care provision

References:
1. Assisted Living Workgroup. (2003). Assuring quality inassisted living: guidelines for federal and state policy, state regulation, andoperations. A report to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Washington, D.C.
2. American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Panel onFalls Prevention. Guideline for the prevention of falls in older persons.(2001). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 49(5):664-72.
3. Schumacher, J.G., Eckert, J.K., Zimmerman, S., Carder, P.,& Wright, A. (2005). Physician care in assisted living: a qualitativestudy. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 6: 34-45.

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