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Discontinuing Medication Appropriately

January 12, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

When is it appropriate to discontinue regular medications for hospice patients? This Webinar will highlight an approach to deprescribing medications that incorporates both the evidence behind discontinuing mediations and the art of making recommendations to patients and families while also addressing their concerns and fears. Faculty will discuss practical tips and strategies to help you provide the highest quality of care while discontinuing the medications that are no longer beneficial for sustaining life or effective in providing comfort.

Webinar Objectives

At the completion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe a stepwise approach to decide which medications should be discontinued based on life-expectancy and patient's goals of care
  • Discuss the persistent effect of medications including insulin, statins, bisphosphonates
  • Describe how to make a recommendation about discontinuing medications that attends to patient's and caregivers emotions


Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, BCPS, CPE

Dr. McPherson is Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. McPherson has a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development and she is completing a second Master’s degree in Distance Education. Dr. McPherson has maintained a practice in both hospice (local and national) and ambulatory care her entire career. Dr. McPherson teaches extensively in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content. She is developing the first completely online Master of Science degree in Palliative Care in the US. She also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the US and is President of the American Society of Pain Educators. Dr. McPherson has won numerous awards for teaching and her innovative practice in end-of-life care.

Shaida Talebreza, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC, AGSF

Dr. Talebreza serves as Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Utah. She is the Medical Director for Inspiration Hospice (a Hospice and Home Health teaching site for the University of Utah), and also serves as a geriatrician and palliative care specialist for the George E. Wahlen, Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is board certified in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Her main clinical focus is providing compassionate, comprehensive care to older adults with life-limiting illness. Dr. Talebreza strives to promote geriatric palliative care education nationally. She serves on the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Education Committee and serves as the project leader of the Geriatrics Evaluation and Management Tools, an AGS educational publication. She received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources Geriatric Academic Career Award for 2010-2015 for developing geriatric palliative care curriculum. Dr. Talebreza was the recipient of the 2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award and the 2015 Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award.

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

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