Gastrointestinal Disorders in Older Individuals
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.
Increasing age is associated with in increased risk for common gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Changes such as reduced muscle contraction in the gastrointestinal tract, a more sedentary lifestyle, and increased intake of medications associated with GI issues such as constipation are just a few of the circumstances that can lead to GI problems in older individuals.
This program reviews the epidemiology, symptoms, and management of some of the more common GI problems encountered by older individuals. The four modules included in this program are:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcer disease (PUD)
- Diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, and irritable bowel syndrome
- Cholelithiasis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, and cirrhosis
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)