Basic Concepts (BC) in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
We have based the selection of topics for our program on the list of medical conditions published in the Candidate Handbook of the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy Disease State List (http://www.ccgp.org/sites/default/files/CCGP_ContentOutline2014.pdf). Completion of all of our lessons will provide a strong foundation for preparation to challenge the CGP exam.
However, you should also visit the CCGP "Candidate Page” at http://www.ccgp.org/candidate to download the candidate handbook and review all of the details and requirements of the exam. The page also tells you how to register for the exam when you are ready.
It is well known that the average age of the Canadian population is increasing rapidly. Today, there are approximately five million people 65 years of age or older in Canada.1 According to 2011 census data, people 65 years of age and older ("seniors”) represented 14.8% of the population, which was an increase from 13.7% in 2006. From 2006 to 2011, there was a 14.1% increase in the number of seniors in Canada. The percentage of seniors in Canada is expected to grow to over 21% by 2026.2
Older adults are more susceptible to chronic diseases and are in greater need of ongoing healthcare than younger adults.3 This learning module provides pharmacists with the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in the area of geriatric pharmacotherapy. As the number of seniors in Canada continues to increase, there will be more opportunities to fill gaps in healthcare through appropriate medication assessment and intervention.
Disclosures: The author and reviewers have no conflicts of interest to disclose.