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The Case of Ruth James

A Woman in Excellent Health



Author:

Christine M. Catney
College of Pharmacy
University of Iowa
christine-catney@uiowa.edu

Abstract:

In this case, designed for beginning pharmacy students, an elderly woman apparently “in excellent health” suddenly becomes ill and health care practitioners must determine the cause. The case is written in a four-part progressive disclosure format with an acute care clinical context. Ideally, the case should be used early in a pharmacy curriculum in a course such as pharmacy orientation, introduction to pharmaceutical care, or a pharmacy practice laboratory.

Objectives:
  • Identify one drug-related problem in the case and write a pharmacist's note to document the problem.
  • Describe the pharmacist's role in detecting, resolving, and preventing drug-related problems.
  • Write a reflection on the learning process.
Keywords: Drug interaction; herbal remedies; Halcion; Tylenol; kava; triazolam; diphenhydramine; hyperlipidemia; pharmaceutics; pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics; aging; acute care; pharmacist-patient communication
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Graduate, Professional (degree program), Clinical education
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Problem-Based Learning, Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Pharmacy / Pharmacology  
Date Posted: 10/01/99
Date Modified: N/A
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