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PharmD Candidate Patrice Davis Presents Poster on "The Deprescribing Conversation Project: Giving Nurses the “Words”" at ICHP

Patrice Davis and Hans Scheerenberger, two Rockford PharmD candidates, worked on a "Deprescribing Conversation Project" with Rockford faculty member, Dr. Laura Meyer-Junco, PharmD, BCPS, CPE.  Ms. Davis presented the poster entitled, "The Deprescribing Conversation Project: Giving Nurses the "Words," at the Illinois Council of Health System Pharmacists (ICHP) Spring meeting held on Friday, March 31, 2017.  The purpose of this “Deprescribing Conversation Project” is to enhance hospice nurses’ knowledge and comfort with deprescribing conversations by providing a structured dialogue for discussing the benefits and burdens of drug therapy in patients with limited life expectancies.

With the growth of the older adult population in the United States, healthcare professionals are increasingly involved in end-of-life care across a multitude of practice settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and hospices. Nurses typically are front line providers for patients nearing the end of life and are often expected to deliver precise communication regarding futile treatments and unnecessary medications to patients and families. These conversations can be challenging for nurses as well as emotional for patients and families, who find it difficult to understand why a medication once perceived as beneficial is now being discontinued.

Pharmacists with their unique knowledge of pharmacotherapy including medication time-to-benefit (i.e. for statins and other preventive agents) and medication risk-to-benefit profiles may be able to provide nurses with the “words” for difficult deprescribing conversations. 

Established in 1859, the UIC College of Pharmacy stands as the oldest academic unit of the University of Illinois, one of the largest and most comprehensive research universities in the nation. Our College enjoys a national reputation for excellence and has been ranked among the top colleges of pharmacy for scholarship, curriculum, and the quality of faculty and students.

In 2010, the College of Pharmacy added an additional campus in Rockford, IL where students can benefit from small class sizes and personalized attention. Students in Rockford complete the identical curriculum as students on the Chicago campus. The core classes are taught via distance education using state-of-the-art technology.