In this course, Dr. Nichols will address what polypharmacy is and the impact of polypharmacy on patient care and quality of life. This course also addresses management strategies for polypharmacy, emphasizing polypharmacy management that involves opioids and benzodiazepines.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Recognize how polypharmacy impacts patient care and patient quality of life
- Describe management of polypharmacy involving opioids and benzodiazepines
How it Works
After watching a 1 hour video presentation by Stephanie Nichols, Pharm.D., you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.
- 1 hour Video Presentation
- Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
- Evaluation of the training
About the Presenter
Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, FCCP, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of New England College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Pharmacist at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed an Inpatient Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Nichols is dual-board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP).
Dr. Nichols has co-published over 20 manuscripts in journals including: Pain, J of Psychopharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, Psychosomatics, PLoS ONE, J of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Pharmacology, Peer J, and Preventative Medicine. Her research interests include: SUDs, psychotropic polypharmacy, and prevention, detection, and mitigation of psychotropic drug related problems. She is also very active in national clinical pharmacy organizations and serves as an expert consultant for the SAMHS Opioid Response Network (ORN, formerly STR-TA). View Bio
Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.
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