Geriatric pharmacy education: A strategic plan for the future

Peggy S. Odegard, Robert M. Breslow, Michael J. Koronkowski, Bradley R. Williams, Gayle A. Hudgins

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    Abstract

    The aging of the US population will have a major effect on the future practice of pharmacy. By 2030, 20% of Americans will be aged 65 years and older, an increase from 12.4% in 2000.1 A challenge to colleges and schools of pharmacy in the 21st century is to prepare students and practitioners to meet the growing pharmaceutical care needs of the older adult population and to meet these needs in a variety of care settings. This paper reviews the present state of geriatric pharmacy education and training, including strategies for ensuring that practicing pharmacists will have adequate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to provide this care. Secondly, this report provides strategic directions and recommendations for successfully implementing geriatrics curricula at an institutional level.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number47
    JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
    Volume71
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2007

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