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Module: Reducing Falls in the Home: Medication Interventions and the Role of the Aging Network

Course Category Listing: Healthcare Professionals, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Patient Management, Philips Lifeline, Philips Lifeline Employees, Philips Lifeline LPM / LCOM, Social Workers, Specialized Lifeline Education and Development
Module Description:
Audience: Select Healthcare Professionals
Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisites: None

Numerous factors are associated with an increased risk of falling and fall-related injuries, but none is as potentially preventable or reversible as medication use. Older persons use approximately 30 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter medications sold in the U.S. On average community-dwelling seniors use 4.9 prescription medications and those with three or more chronic conditions use 6.3 prescription medications at one time. In addition to the actual number of medications taken, certain therapeutic categories of medications commonly prescribed to older adults that cause side effects, adverse effects, and toxic effects increase the likelihood of falling.

This presentation discusses medications and medication classes that have been shown to increase the risk of falling and explores strategies that professionals in the aging network can use to reduce the risk of falls associated with medication use among older adults living at home.

Learning Objectives

  1. To describe medication-related problems (MRPs) and explain why older adults are at high risk
  2. To identify medication classes and specific medications that increase the risk of falls among older adults
  3. To list common side effects and adverse effects of medications that increase the risk of falls among older adults and monitor for these side effects/adverse effects in an effort to reduce falls risk
  4. To describe why proper adherence to certain medications can decrease falls risk
  5. To apply medication-related strategies from evidence-based fall prevention guidelines into practice
  6. To review specific interventions related to medication use that can decrease falls risk for older adults living at home

This course is accessible on the Philips Lifeline Learning Center website at


Philips Healthcare Learning Center (PHLC) is approved as a provider (provider number 6171) for continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Target Audience: OTs. Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation. Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).

The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050, for 1.25 Contact Hours.

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider No. 50-11991) for 1.0 Contact Hour. CE Broker Course Tracking No. 20-310395.

This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 1.25 Contact Hours. Expires 12/31/2018.

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