Infectious Disease in the Geriatric Population
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.
Despite advances in antibiotic development, infections continue to be a major cause of mortality in older adults. Aspects of the normal aging process combined with chronic diseases common to older individuals place this population at increased risk for infection. This, combined with challenges related to detection of infection in the older patient, make early diagnosis a challenge.
This is a six-module lesson that provides a general introduction to infectious disease in the older patient and includes a discussion on nosocomial infections and drug resistance (Module 1) as well as a review of selected topics including immunization, influenza, and pneumonia (Module 2), bone and joint infections (Module 3), skin and soft tissue and ophthalmic infections (Module 4), gastrointestinal and genitourinary infections (Module 5), and—less common but important infections-HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (Module 6).
Disclosures: The author and program faculty have no conflicts of interest to disclose.