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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1. The risk of medicine-related
problems increases in which of
the following situations?
a) When people live with family.
b) When taking medicines that do not
c) When taking medicines with a wide
d) When taking complex medicine regimens.
2. Which of the following statements
about criteria for assessing the
appropriate use of medicines
a) The Beers criteria are implicit criteria
that take information about the patient
b) The Inappropriate Medication Use and
Prescribing Indicators tool uses implicit
criteria that take information about the
patient into account.
c) The Medication Appropriateness Index
uses explicit criteria that specify
medicines to be avoided by all
d) The Inappropriate Medication Use and
Prescribing Indicators tool uses explicit
criteria that specify medicines to be
avoided by all elderly patients.
3. Which of the following statements is
INCORRECT with regards to medicine
a) Dose administration aids (DAAs) should
be recommended and are appropriate
for all patients with medicine adherence
b) Patient health literacy can impact
c) Transport difficulties may make it
challenging for patients to collect
medicines from the pharmacy and
therefore affect adherence.
d) Patient understanding of the purpose
of a medicine can assist with medicine
4. In which of the following ways can
pharmacists assist in optimising
medicines management in older
a) Provision of MedsChecks and Home
b) Provision of pharmacy delivery services.
c) Adopting a holistic approach when
assessing a patient’s medicines.
d) All of the above.
to take medicines or have repeat
prescriptions filled, and provides access
to consumer medicine and health
With her vision impairment, Dorothy
may have difficulty selecting the correct
medicine for dosing, placing her at risk
of medicine misadventure. You show
Dorothy how easy the use of a DAA is
and she expresses interest in the service.
You ask Dorothy to participate in your
pharmacy’s falls prevention health
promotion and explain there are many
factors that can increase falls risk. She
says she feels unsafe in her bathroom.
You ask Dorothy about her recent blood
pressure and blood glucose control
about which she is unsure, but is happy
for you to measure them now. You
take Dorothy to the home help area of
the pharmacy and show her products
available to make her feel safe in the
bathroom. She says she will bring her
son in to help her select a shower chair.
Dorothy sees the magnifier sheet and
says that she has been looking for one
“as there is nothing better than sitting
down with a book and a good coffee”.
• Age-related changes can have a
significant impact on health and
quality of life.
• When assessing the appropriateness
of medicines in older adults, it is
important to consider the whole
patient and the benefits and risks
of the medicine in relation to the
individual patient and patient health
and lifestyle goals.
• Health promotion activities can
be targeted to at-risk patients to
provide opportunities to improve
patient health, or prevent disease
or health-related incidents.
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