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Medications and Falls in Older Adults

Zachary A. Marcum, PharmD, PhD

Dr. Marcum has been a faculty member in the UW Department of Pharmacy since 2015. He is an investigator on federally funded research grants and is author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has received an American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award. Previously, he completed a two-year fellowship in geriatric pharmacotherapy research at the University of Pittsburgh and a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center.

School of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

Describe the factors that increase the risk of medication-related falls in older adults.

List the most common medications and medication classes associated with falls in older adults.

Suggest areas for future research to improve the management of medication-related falls in older adults.

[From the Winter 2016 Geriatric Healthcare Series]