Recognition and Management of Overactive Bladder in the Elderly
Release Date: January-30-12
Credit Expiration Date: January-29-13
Senior care pharmacists and others interested in the care of older patients with OAB.
Pharmacists: 0.75 Contact Hour (0.075 CEU)
Overactive bladder (OAB) is the most common cause of urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control in adults and affects approximately 33 million Americans – nearly 2 in 10 adults and a full 30% of the senior population. The medical issue of OAB is of particular importance in the older adult population with prevalence greatly increasing in older adults. The symptoms of OAB — urge urinary incontinence (UI), urgency, and urinary frequency — often lead to further medical and psychological problems and can have a devastating impact on quality of life.
Yet according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), only 35.5% of patients over age 65 who have experienced a problem with urine leakage have received treatment for this problem. The reasons for this are numerous. Through this activity, senior care pharmacists and other senior care clinicians can address these issues which include poor patient adherence, drug-drug interactions, and clinician challenges in understanding the differences in available pharmacologic therapies.
Senior care pharmacists and clinicians have an opportunity to provide optimal management for older adults experiencing OAB, ultimately improving outcomes for the many older adults who suffer from it.
Alayne D. Markland, DO, MSc
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham VA Medical Center
Manju Taneja Beier, PharmD, BSPharm
President, Geriatric Consultant Resources LLC
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
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Dr. Markland has no relevant financial conflicts to disclose.
Dr. Beier has no relevant financial conflicts to disclose.
Dr. Joseph Kim has no relevant financial conflicts to disclose.
Dr. Agnes Yang has no relevant financial conflicts to disclose.
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of pharmaceutical agents. Some uses of these agents may not have been approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This knowledge-based activity, ACPE Universal Activity #0203-9999-12-019-H01-P, has been assigned 0.75 Contact Hour (0.075 CEU).
Participants must view the activity in its entirety, successfully complete the post-test, and submit an evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit. Credit will be awarded for a score of 75% or better, and a statement may be printed immediately after passing the post-test.
There is no fee to participate in this educational activity.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Pfizer Inc.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.
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