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Dr. Rollin Wright reviews the framework for interpreting the evidence –based literature as it applies to older patients and some of the major themes in geriatric research.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess each older adult patient for baseline cognitive and physical performance to estimate health status prior to setting patient-specific blood pressure targets.
  • Use knowledge of each older patient's functional status to guide medical decision making regarding initiation of surgical and non-surgical interventions.
  • Identify opportunities in their own practice to improve continuity of care and reduce caregiver burden in the care of cognitively and physically impaired adults older than 65.

Reading Resources:

  1. The Journal of Physiology. 11 MAR 2015 DOI: 10.1113/jphysiol.2014.282665.
  2. McClintock MK et al, PNAS, 2016.
  3. Williamson JD et al, JAMA, May 2016.
  4. Weiss J et al, Ann Intern Med, January 2017
  5. Qaseem A, Ann Intern Med, January 2017.


Dr. Wright has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1 contact hour.

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Release Date: 5/12/2017 | Last Modified On: 5/12/2017 | Expires: 5/12/2020

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