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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers:Depression in Older Adults-Pharmacotherapy

Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers:Depression in Older Adults-Pharmacotherapy

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Jeannie Lee, Pharm D
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
20894
Date Posted: 
01/30/2020
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
01/30/2020
Abstract: 

Depression in Older Adults - Pharmacotherapy is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

Objectives:

  1. State the class of drugs considered first choice for pharmacotherapy of depression in older adults
  2. List classes of antidepressants that should generally be avoided in older adults
  3. Explain the approach to drug therapy of depression if there is no response to a first‐line drug
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as

  1. content is not changed,
  2. no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. the reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."

The entire series can be viewed on the website at: http://www.reynolds.med.arizona.edu/EduProducts/ElderCareProviderSheets.cfm 

Learning resource types: 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Lisa O'Neill DBH MPH loneill@aging.arizona.edu


Suggested Citation:
Jeannie Lee. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers:Depression in Older Adults-Pharmacotherapy. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2020 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/20894