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Heath Risk Screening and the Risks of Multiple Medications
Polypharmacy, or the use of multiple medications by an individual for one or more health conditions, can lead to increased risk for side effects, medication interactions, and other health risks, including possible co-morbidities or death. Health Risk Screening helps to identify and minimize these risks. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism (IDA) there is increased likelihood of being prescribed polypharmacy.
“Evaluation of the Health Risk from Side Effects and Interactions of Medications with Risk Minimization in Populations of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities” is scheduled for presentation at the 11th Annual Current Concepts in Medication Safety Curriculum. Under the direction of Dr. Margrit M. Shoemaker, the project is the result of a collaborative effort from Northeast Health Care Quality Unit (HCQU), the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Quality Council/Mental Health and Developmental Services (MHDS), and third year medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. The event is scheduled for March 25, 2020 at the Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre.