Principles of Hematology in the Older Adult

Principles of Hematology in the Older Adult
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 ( Completion of all of our lessons will provide a strong foundation for preparation to challenge the CGP exam.  

owever, you should also visit the CCGP "Candidate Page” at  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 has been stated that hematology is "the study of blood, and the organs it perfuses.”1  There are a number of potential causes of anemia in older patients, so it is important to gain an understanding of the processes that can occur and how they are manifested in both the patient and in the laboratory.

Although this introductory module is not intended to provide comprehensive coverage of such a broad topic, it will provide a review of the basic physiology of blood cells and bone marrow as well as an introduction to anemia assessment.   

After successful completion of this module, pharmacists will be better able to:

  • Discuss the basic principles of hematopoiesis
  • Assess the results of the various laboratory tests associated with analysis of red blood cells
  • Review the causes of various types of anemia and associated laboratory test results
  • Discuss general symptoms of anemia
  • Review the features of unexplained anemia in the elderly and anemia of chronic disease

Disclosures: The author and reviewers have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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3.75 CEU

Rosemarie Patodia


Tom Smiley
BScPhm, PharmD, CTE

Nora MacLeod-Glover
BScPhm, PharmD

Janet Chong-Lee

Sally Ebsary
BScPharm, RPh, MA, PharmD, BCGP

(Expires: 01-Nov-2019)