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Adverse Effects of Pharmacologic Treatments of Major Depression in Older Adults

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About the Course:

The purpose of this review is to assess adverse events of antidepressants in treatment of major depressive disorder in adults 65 years of age or older, and reduce suicide risk among people with serious mental illness. This course is a deeply resourced, strong synthesis of the research regarding anti-depressant use with elderly populations. As such, it relies on multiple tables, various analysis procedures, has a focus on a necessarily narrow clinical population, and contains much information regarding the pros and cons of various experimental designs.

This course is based on the article, Adverse Effects of Pharmacologic Treatments of Major Depression in Older Adults created by Diana M. Sobieraj, Pharm.D. et al. in 2019.

Publication Date:

Comparative Effectiveness Review: Number 215. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 2019

Course Material Authors

Diana M. Sobieraj, Pharm.D.

Diana M. Sobieraj is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut. She has primarily worked on the use of pharmacological interventions to prevent/treat adult chronic disease. She has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals.

William L. Baker, Pharm.D.

William L. Baker is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut. He has published more than 200 articles in peer reviewed journals.

 Brandon K. Martinez, Pharm.D.

Brandon Martinez is a Research Fellow, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.

Course Creator

David M. Lutkemeier

David Lutkemeier holds a BA degree in psychology, a master’s degree in developmental psychology, and a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati in Special Education and Psychology. He is certified as a psychologist by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, as well as holding public school superintendent certification in Arizona and California. Dr. Lutkemeier has worked as an assistant professor at Arizona State University, a school psychologist, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in both Arizona and California. David, working as a consultant with a national curriculum management group (CMSi) has completed over two dozen comprehensive district-wide curriculum audits in 15 states over the past 20 years and has worked as a test developer for CE Learning Systems for the past ten years.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for psychologists, social workers, multi-disciplinary geriatrics specialists, and other practitioners working in clinical and/or hospital settings serving geriatric populations. This course is appropriate for those at the intermediate level and the content is at an intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

  1. To identify those pharmacologic agents most frequently used in the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults 65 years of age and older.

  2. To recognize and predict both potential benefits and risks associated with those pharmacologic agents most frequently used in the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults 65 years of age and older.

  3. To assess adverse events of antidepressants associated with the treatment of major depressive disorder in the subject population.

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Course Number 102765
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