The number of seniors in the U.S. is expected to double by the year 2030. Currently, the elderly account for 12.7% of the U.S. population, but consume 34% of the total prescriptions-and these numbers are sure to increase enormously over the next few decades. Pharmacists will be greatly affected by this rapidly expanding geriatric population, and they will certainly be called on to offer much-needed expertise. This new textbook, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, provides thorough coverage on therapeutic and social issues affecting elderly patients. The book is divided into two sections; the first section addresses general concepts about aging and the second section is organized by both organ system and disease states common in the elderly. These chapters contain a short summary of treatment in normal adults, and then focus on an evidence-based review of treatment in elderly patients.
Lisa HutchisonBrief Biographical Sketch Lisa Hutchison earned her BS pharmacy (1982) and her PharmD (1983) at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. In 1984, she completed a Pharmacy Residency at Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She earned her MPH (2001) from the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 1992. Dr. Hutchison was the Education and Quality Management Coordinator for the Little Rock VA Medical Center. Following this she was employed as the Assistant Director for Clinical Affairs at Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacist at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. In 1993, Dr. Hutchison won the Award for Achievement in the Professional Practice of Pharmacy in Organized Health Care Settings from the American Society of Healthsystems Pharmacy for the publication 'Clinical privileges for pharmacists.' In 2008, the American Pharmacists Association recognized her with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice. She has served as Chair-Elect and Chair of the Geriatrics Practice and Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and was named a fellow of this organization in 2008. Rebecca B. Sleeper, PharmD, FASCP, BCPS Dr. Sleeper is the Division Head of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy's Geriatrics Division in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She received her PharmD from the University of Rhode Island and Specialty Residency training in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy from TTUHSC School of Pharmacy In Amarillo. Following this, she joined the faculty at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy's Lubbock campus in 1999. She became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2000 and a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in 2002. Dr. Sleeper has developed consulting and collaborative drug therapy management services in long-term care, assisted living, and skilled facilities and is currently a consultant pharmacist at the Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center, a teaching nursing facility on the TTUHSC campus. Dr. Sleeper has been the recipient of multiple preceptor of the year and teaching team of the year awards for Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Clerkships and Neurosensory coursework. In 2002 she was awarded the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacist's New Pharmacist Award and is a Past Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's Geriatrics Practice and Research Network.