UW School of Nursing

May 3, 2022

Adult/Geriatric Drug Therapy 2020

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On-Demand Program

Course Description

This On-Demand lecture series is designed as an adult and geriatric pharmacology update at the advanced practice level. Sessions focus on current recommendations and controversies regarding drug therapy for common adult and geriatric health issues and include appropriate pharmacotherapeutic principles and recommendations for patient and family education. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion and case analysis.

Target Audience

Advanced practice nurse practitioners, especially adult, geriatric and family nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurses, pharmacists and other interested healthcare professionals.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. Evaluate newly approved medications and their role in therapy for older adults.
  2. Counsel patients on current evidence regarding smoking cessation medications.
  3. How to perform an in-depth clinical evaluation of insomnia and select most the appropriate drug therapy with understanding of mechanism and side effects.
  4. Identify three commonly used medications and their indications and side effects in palliative care.
  5. Appropriately use non-statin cholesterol lowering medications and identify the role of triglycerides in cardiovascular risk.
  6. Identify first line antiviral therapies for patients with hepatitis C previously untreated with/without cirrhosis.

Featured Topics

To register for just one or a few modules, click on the topic:

  1. What’s New in Geriatrics: An Update on Medications – Carol Crawford

  2. Kicking Butts: Smoking Cessation Update – Matthew Perez
  3. Pharmacologic Management of Insomnia – Ken He
  4. Update on Medications in Palliative Care – Darrell Owens
  5. Pharmacologic Management of Difficult Lipid Cases – Savitha Subramanian
  6. Hepatitis C: A New Era of Treatment in the Geriatric Population – Paula Cox-North


  • Paula Cox-North, PhD, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner, The Liver Clinic, Harborview Medical Center; Senior Lecturer, UW School of Nursing
  • Carol Crawford, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, Clinical Pharmacist – Senior Care, UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
  • Ken He, MD, PharmD, Staff Physician, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle; Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, UW
  • Darrell Owens, DNP, ANP, GNP, ACHPN, Section Head Palliative and Supportive Care, UW Medical Center – Northwest; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nursing, UW
  • Matt Perez, MD, Family Physician/Site Medical Director, Neighborcare Health, Seattle
  • Savita Subramanian, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medicine/Metabolism and Endocrinology, UW; Medical Director, Lipid Clinic at South Lake Union