Module 08: Pharmacotherapy for Gastrointestinal Disorders - 2010*

Program Description

Current Content Experts

David P. Elliott, PharmDProfessor of Clinical PharmacyWest Virginia University School of Pharmacy

Jennifer L. Hardesty, PharmD, FASCPClinical Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Maryland School of Pharmacy


Legacy Content Experts

Angela C. Cafiero, Pharm.D., CGPAssistant Professor of Clinical PharmacyUniversity of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

William R. Garnett, PharmDProfessor of Pharmacy and PharmaceuticsVirginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia



David P. Elliott, PharmD has no financial relationships to disclose.Jennifer L. Hardesty, PharmD, FASCP has no financial relationships to disclose.


Course Objectives

08.01 Aging and Gastrointestinal Function

  • Identify major changes in the gastrointestinal tract due to aging
  • List common gastrointestinal complaints of the elderly
  • List major concerns of the pharmacist regarding the treatment of gastrointestinal problems in the elderly
  • Describe diagnostic methods used to identify and characterize gastrointestinal disorders
  • List the major gastrointestinal disorders requiring pharmacological intervention
  • Review other problems that can contribute to gastrointestinal disorders
  • Outline quality of life issues and the impact of treatment on the elderly patient’s life

08.02 Peptic Ulcer Disease

  • Define the major features of peptic ulcer disease (PUD)
  • Describe the pathogenesis of PUD
  • List common causes and risk factors for PUD
  • Identify important signs and symptoms of PUD
  • Describe tests and procedures used to diagnose PUD and select appropriate treatment
  • Determine the significance of relevant test results leading to a correct diagnosis
  • Outline general principles for the pharmacotherapy of PUD
  • Compare and contrast the primary medications used for treatment of PUD in terms of effect, dosing, dura adverse reactions
  • Describe alternative treatments for PUD and their implications for the elderly

08.03 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

  • Define gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its prevalence among the elderly
  • Describe the pathogenesis of GERD
  • List factors that contribute to the development of GERD
  • List the major signs and symptoms of GERD
  • Identify important tools used to diagnose GERD
  • Outline therapeutic goals and suggested treatment regimens for GERD
  • Describe nonpharmacological options for the treatment of GERD

08.04 Constipation in the Elderly

  • Define constipation, its prevalence and impact on the elderly population
  • List the major causes of constipation, including medications
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of constipation
  • Describe nonpharmacological treatment options for constipation
  • Compare and contrast different kinds of laxatives in terms of effectiveness, dosing, and adverse reactions
  • Outline general guidelines for treating and maintaining quality of life in elderly adults with chronic constipation

08.05 Diarrhea in the Elderly

  • Define diarrhea and its impact on the elderly population
  • List the main signs, symptoms, and complications of diarrhea
  • State the principal causes of diarrhea
  • List diagnostic parameters that indicate the presence of diarrhea and its severity
  • Describe the goals of treatment of diarrhea
  • Explain the importance of oral rehydration therapy in the treatment of diarrhea
  • Compare and contrast commercially available solutions and home preparations for oral rehydration therapy
  • Compare and contrast other pharmacological agents that are commonly used to treat diarrhea, in terms and requirements, and adverse reactions
  • Identify preventative measures and lifestyle considerations for the elderly

08.06 Disorders of the Colon

  • Define the major disorders of the colon seen in the elderly and their impact on geriatric health
  • Describe the incidence, common signs and symptoms and causes of diverticular disease
  • List the types of colitis commonly found in the elderly
  • Describe the incidence, common signs and symptoms, and causes of irritable bowel syndrome 
  • Identify relevant diagnostic tools for identifying colonic disorders seen in the elderly
  • Outline treatment priorities and protocols for elderly patients with diverticular disease and colitis
  • Compare and contrast pharmacological agents used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and infla terms of effectiveness, administration and adverse reactions

08.07 Hepatobiliary Disorders in the Elderly

  • Define and list the most common hepatobiliary disorders seen in the elderly
  • Describe clinical presentation and progression ofliver cirrhosis
  • Describe diagnostic indicators and treatment options used to diagnose and manage elderly patients
  • Describe the clinical presentation and progression of biliary obstructions and gallbladder disease
  • Describe diagnostic indicators and treatment options used to diagnose and manage elderly patients with b gallbladder disease
  • Describe clinical presentation and progression of pancreatitis
  • Describe diagnostic indicators and treatment options used to diagnose and manage elderly patients 


Credit Statement

 Pharmacy Continuing Education: 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 (UAN: 0203-0000-10-092-H01-P) was developed by ASCP and is approved for 3.0 Contact Hours.

This course is not approved for Florida consultant license requirements.


Course details

  • ACPE: 3.00
  • Course opens: Tue, 06/15/2010 - 00:00
  • Course expires: Sat, 06/15/2013 - 00:00
  • Non-member Cost: $31.00
  • Member Cost: $21.00

This course closed on June, 15th 2013 and is no longer available for enrollments.