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Discovering Long-Term Care Pharmacy Practice

A PBL Case for Pharmacy Students

Co Authors:

Jeffrey C. Reist
College of Pharmacy
University of Iowa

Christine M. Catney
College of Pharmacy
University of Iowa


This three-part progressive disclosure case is designed to introduce pharmacy students to the pharmacist’s role in long-term care (LTC) facility consulting pharmacy practice and acquaint them with the essential, basic resources for conducting a drug regimen review.

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist who provides services to long-term care facility residents.
  • Identify state and federal laws and regulations that pertain specifically to LTC facility drug regimen review and pharmacy consulting.
  • Understand the significance of Beers’criteria to long-term care facility regulations and pharmaceutical care for the geriatric patient.
  • List medication classes that are specifically mentioned in federal long-term care facility regulations.
  • Learn the criteria for proper use of medication classes subject to federal nursing facility guidelines.
  • Identify medications used in connection with certain disease states that fall under the Beers’ criteria.
Keywords: Long-term care; senior pharmacy care; drug regimen review; pharmacy consulting; Beers’ criteria; long-term care facility regulations; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; HIPPA; pharmacy careers options
Topical Area: Legal issues, Regulatory issues
Educational Level: Graduate, Professional (degree program)
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Problem-Based Learning
Language: English
Subject Headings: Pharmacy / Pharmacology  
Date Posted: 05/02/05
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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