When is it appropriate to discontinue regular medications for hospice patients? This webinar will highlight an approach to deprescribing medications that incorporates both the evidence behind discontinuing medications and the art of making recommendations to patients and families while also addressing their concerns and fears. Participants in this webinar will receive practical tips and strategies to help provide the highest quality of care while discontinuing the medications that are no longer beneficial for sustaining life or effective in providing comfort. Program Goals:• Describe a stepwise approach to decide which medications should be discontinued based on life-expectancy and patient's goals of care• Discuss the persistent effect of medications including insulin, statins, and bisphosphonates• Describe how to make a recommendation about discontinuing medications that attends to patient's and caregiver’s emotions
Faculty: Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, BCPS, CPEDr. McPherson is Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University Of Maryland School Of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. McPherson has a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development and she is completing a second Master’s degree in Distance Education. Dr. McPherson has maintained a practice in both hospice (local and national) and ambulatory care her entire career. Dr. McPherson teaches extensively in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content. She also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the US and is President of the American Society of Pain Educators. Dr. McPherson has won numerous awards for teaching and her innovative practice in end-of-life care.
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