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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia


Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Jonathan Edwards, MD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
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"Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia" 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: 
  1. State which of the medications for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is effective for decreasing the risk of urinary retention and the need for surgical intervention.
  2. Identify common benefits and side effects of drugs used for BPH.
  3. Identify procedures/surgical treatments for BPH that do not require general anesthesia.
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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."
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Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
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Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH

Suggested Citation:
Dr. Jonathan Edwards. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: