Hypertension: Review of Guidelines and Drug Therapy Management

by Sherri Konzem Boehringer, PharmD, BCPS and Victoria Devore Woodard, PharmD and Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, RN, MSN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN and James F. Ross, PT, DPT, CSCS

Summary:
The prevalence of hypertension in the United States has increased from about 50 million in 1988 to 76.4 million in 2008. An estimated one-third of the population, more than 76.4 million Americans, has hypertension. The death rate from high blood pressure increased 20.2% and the actual number of deaths increased 49.7% during the past few years; in 2008, high BP contributed to 347,689 deaths. Fewer than half of Americans with hypertension have met established BP goals. The prevalence of hypertension is highest in non-Hispanic blacks, tends to be higher in women and increases with advancing age. Recent data suggest that even people free of hypertension at age 55 still have a 90% lifetime risk of developing high BP. Because there are so many Americans with hypertension, it is vital for us to recognize hypertension and be familiar with the most common treatments, including lifestyle changes and medications.

Objectives:
The purpose of this program is to inform nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians and radiologic technologists about current guidelines and drug therapy for the management of hypertension. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • State blood pressure goals in patients with uncomplicated hypertension and in patients with diabetes or renal disease
  • Discuss the five components of lifestyle modification
  • Discuss the five classes of antihypertensive drugs known to reduce the complications

This free course offering is available until 30 September 2013. Click here to take this free course for Physical Therapists.

Free Online Course: “Understanding Dementia”

Reposting from Ang Therapist.

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The University of Tasmania’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Understanding Dementia,” is an 11-week online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia. It’s free and anyone can register.

The curriculum draws upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

“Understanding Dementia” addresses the foremost issues surrounding dementia, providing avenues for discussion and rich global networking opportunities to engage with this major international health issue. The course imparts knowledge to improve quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and their carers.

Course commences on Monday, 29th July 2013. Click here to register for this free event.

Cultural Competence for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists

by Suzanne Salimbene, PhD and Laina M. Gerace, RN, PhD and Linda S. Carozza, CCC-SLP, PhD

Objectives
The goal of this program is to improve communication professionals’ ability to care for patients who have limited English proficiency (LEP). After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • Discuss the need for enhanced communication skills across language barriers.
  • Describe strategies for improving communication with LEP individuals and those of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Describe strategies for effective use of interpreters.

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Course Originally Released On: 12/11/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/11/2011
Course Termination Date: 12/11/2014

This course will be updated or discontinued on or before 12/11/2014. Click here to take this free course for SLPs and Audiologists.