Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center

University of Rhode Island

55 Lower College Road, Quinn Hall 100 Kingston, RI 02881


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Pharmacotherapy Considerations When
Managing Pain in Older Adults

Managing pain in older adults can be complex. A provider must consider the potentials harms versus benefits of opiate and non-opiate pain medication in this population. Polypharmacy and frailty pose their own challenges. We will present an overview of the difficulties faced by providers in managing pain in this population and provide strategies for both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of pain in older adults.  At the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Describe pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics changes that may present in older adults.
  • Discuss analgesic drug therapy selections.
  • Examine strategies to prevent and manage adverse drug related events.
  • Identify nonpharmacologic pain management strategies

Jayne Pawasauskas, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island Clinical Pharmacist, Kent Hospital

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education Credit/’Certificates of Completion’ are available free of charge* for those who: 1.) attend the entire session and 2.) complete and submit the required program evaluation and/or other required forms. 
Contact rigec@etal.uri.edu with any CE related questions.

  • Nursing: This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for 1.0 Contact Hours.  Approval valid until February 27, 2019.
  • Social Work: This activity has been reviewed and approved as Continuing Education for Social Work for 1.0 contact hour (General) by the Rhode Island College, School of Social Work.
  • Pharmacy:  The University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participation and completion of online evaluations and self-assessment tools at the conclusion of the program are required to earn credit. This is a knowledge-based learning activity. This learning activity provides 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. UAN 0060-9999-17-015-H01-P for the home study.  Activity release date: March 8, 2017.  Detailed instructions can be obtained by emailing us at rigec@etal.uri.edu.
  • Medicine*: Healthcentric Advisors, an accredited provider by the Massachusetts Medical Society has approved 1.0 continuing medical education for physicians.

* CMEs will no longer be issued after November 17, 2017.

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*This activity is supported through Grant #U1QHP28737 “Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program” awarded to RIGEC by the US Health Resources and Services Administration.  There is no commercial support associated with this CE activity.

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