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Annie Y. Lam
PHARM 492
Seattle Campus

Pharmaceutical Services for Long-Term Care

Scope of pharmaceutical services for long-term care (LTC) and systems for services. Responsibilities of the pharmacist for distributive, administrative, and clinical pharmacy services for nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities. Economic considerations in provision of LTC pharmaceutical services, role of the consultant pharmacist for home-health-care organizations. Pharmaceutical services for independently living elderly.

Class description

Upon completing ths course, the students are expected to: 1. Understand the health care continuum in regard to the identity of the providers, the services provided and the “care delivery systems.” 2. Describe the scope of pharmacy services (administrative, distributive, and clinical) needed by nursing facilities, assisted-living and boarding homes, retirement homes, home health care organizations and hospices. 3. Learn how changes in Medicare Drug benefits may impact on pharmacy services and practices, and affect the care for older adults in different health care settings. 4. Learn the drug distributions systems in LTC facilities, including the services provided by pharmacists, the medication recording systems and the medication administration systems in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 5. Explain the procedures for drug regimen review for individual patients, including assessments of patient status and of drug efficacy and safety and illustrate the methods of transmitting pharmacist recommendations to others in the care team. 6. Interpret and discuss the Federal and State of Washington regulations and/or laws regarding pharmacy service for nursing facilities, residential care facilities, home health care, and hospice. 7. Learn the roles of pharmacist in the ambulatory care setting in providing specialized care to older adults. 8. Understand the challenges of providing quality pharmaceutical care to older adults and learn how to identify and overcome some of the challenges in care provision and coordination. 9. Understand the economic considerations necessary in establishing and maintaining pharmaceutical services for a LTC facility or for other LTC organizations such as those providing home care. 10. Compare and contrast the needs for pharmacy services between community-dwelling older adults to those residing in long-term care facilities. 11. Describe the organization and services provided by a home health care agency. 12. Describe the organization and services provided by a hospice pharmacist.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Instructions are delivered in lecture format by invited speakers who are pharmacists with expertise in their respective practice setting. Students are required to attend a field trip during one of the class sessions to visit a continuing care facility in Seattle.

Recommended preparation

Class attendance, complete reading/ homework assignment , participate in class discussion and/ or group project

Class assignments and grading

Individual work and group project

Class participation, home work assignments and final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Annie Y. Lam
Date: 12/27/2004