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Grand Rounds – Carolyn Thorpe: Addition by Subtraction: De-prescribing Medications of Questionable Benefit in Older, Complex Patients Nearing the End of Life

December 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Please join us Wednesday at 8am, Patient Family Resource Center Conference Room (Ground Floor, North Carolina Cancer Hospital)

Hosted by the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) and the UNC Palliative Care Program

Carolyn T. Thorpe, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She also has a joint appointment as Core Investigator in the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). She is a pharmaceutical health services researcher with expertise in secondary analysis of large, existing administrative and clinical databases to examine determinants and health outcomes of real-world prescribing decisions and medication adherence in older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Her interests are driven broadly by a desire to improve treatment decisions, care delivery, and day-to-day illness management for older patients who are faced with the demands of managing multiple conditions simultaneously, often in context of diminished capacity and a lacking evidence base regarding optimal treatment. Several of her current projects focus on patterns and outcomes of “de-prescribing” potentially unsafe or unnecessary medications in patients with limited life expectancy or advanced dementia.

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

Continuing Medical Education Statement:  The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC Boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and respiratory therapists. Other health care providers may also be able to use these certificates, depending on their particular license requirements. (License requirements are subject to change. Participants should check with their licensing boards for specific questions. UNC and its partners are not responsible for changes in license requirements.)


December 12, 2018
8:00 am - 9:00 am


Eliza Park