Published February 16, 2018
Clinical Assistant Professors of Pharmacy Practice Robert Wahler, PharmD '00, and Scott Monte, PharmD '06, are co-investigators on a $35,000 grant awarded by the University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development from the Innovative Micro-Programs Accelerating Collaboration in Themes (IMPACT).
The grant supports a multidisciplinary proposal titled “Collaborative Drug Safety Management with Frail Elders and Caregivers for Successful Aging." The project, led by Ranjit Singh, MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Director, Primary Care Research Institute, Department of Family Medicine, was chosen because of its focus on interdisciplinary and multi-thematic projects in new areas of research.
Medication harm is a major challenge for frail elders. Potentially inappropriate medications harm older adults, yet literature shows that they are used at very high rates. The objective of the study is to pilot-test the translation of known medication safety evidence into primary care for frail elders through system-based interventions, including integrating pharmacist consultation into primary care (Collaborative Practice), patient/caregiver hard stop tools (Empowerment for Successful Aging), and implementing electronic systems (Health System Alerts) to disseminate patient-specific information across the system to de-prescribe harmful drugs.
Additional members of the multidisciplinary pilot study team include: