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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Substance Abuse in Older Adults


Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Substance Abuse in Older Adults

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Ole Thienhaus, MD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
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Substance Abuse in Older Adults  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. Identify signs and symptoms that might indicate that a patient has a substance abuse disorder.
  2. Name a questionnaire that can be used to screen for alcohol abuse in older adults.
  3. Name a drug used for treatment of alcohol abuse that requires dose adjustment in patients who have renal failure
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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."
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 3:33pm
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