Tatyana Gurvich, PharmD—University of California, Irvine /University of Southern California and Glendale Adventist FPRP
Bradley Williams, PharmD, CGP—University of California, Irvine /University of Southern California
Mary S. Twomey, MSW—University of California, Irvine
Elaine A. Chen, MS—University of California, Irvine
Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF—University of California, Irvine
The role of pharmacists is critical in addressing elder abuse, yet they receive no training in this area. Geropharmacist educators from UC Irvine, USC and Glendale Adventist FPRP teamed up with the UC Irvine Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect to develop course materials for pharmacy students. Students learn that pharmacists in any setting (in-patient, outpatient, ambulatory, and long-term care settings) may detect elder abuse.
This project sheds light on the hidden but common problem of elder mistreatment. It helps students identify red flags of abuse and neglect and gives direction on how to proceed when mistreatment is suspected.
The hidden problem of elder abuse
As seniors become frail, they become isolated from regular interactions with their social support system. Pharmacists may be the only non-caregiver contacts outside the home.
Multi-faceted curriculum for pharmacy schools
To support pharmacy school instructors seeking to include elder abuse-related content in their classes, we have developed free modularized materials that can be downloaded from this website. These modules can be incorporated into various classes.
Training materials include:
These modules are available free of charge. We only ask that you please give us feedback on these materials, using a very short online survey.
AB 40 Update: To depict the new requirements for mandatory reporting of suspected physical abuse in a long-term care facility, the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association and the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman have created a helpful flow chart (PDF). For additional training information about AB 40 (effective 01/01/13 and reflected in W & I Code 15610.67) please visit www.cltcoa.org. We are in the process of incorporating these changes into the slide sets for "An Introduction to Elder Abuse," "Elder Abuse and the Law," and "Elder Abuse: A Pharmacist's Role." In the mean time, please download and use the handy flow chart (PDF).
(10-15 min) This brief module is appropriate for first- or second-year students. An Introduction to Elder Abuse is presented in the Self-Care Class at USC for second-year students.
(1 hr) is presented in the Law Class at USC for second-year students. It addresses laws pertaining to reporting of abuse in didactic and case-based formats. Special thanks to Fred G. Weissman, JD, Pharm D.
(1 hr) is presented in the Special Population Module in Therapeutics at USC for third-year students. This module would also be appropriate for community pharmacists. Special thanks to Leslie Vitin, Pharm D.
This brief guide includes ideas for providing Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences and Geriatrics Ambulatory Care rotation activities. These include Multi-Disciplinary Teams of professionals addressing cases of abuse and neglect and visits with Community Agencies, such as Adult Protective Services, Long-term Care Ombudsman, and Law Enforcement.
These case examples were designed to aid in recognition of elder mistreatment and to spark discussion.
Film production by Alec Contestabile and Ngoc Ho
These materials are free to use. Please participate in our very short online survey to give your feedback and help shape future materials.
Thank you for your interest in this project! With your help, pharmacists will be better able to help safeguard the well-being of vulnerable patients.
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This project was funded by grants from Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region Community Benefit and UniHealth Foundation.