Virtual Patient: Asthma in the Older Adult
This patient simulation requires an evaluation and creation of a treatment plan for an older adult (>65 years old) with asthma. The case involves identification of differences and similarities between asthma and COPD in older adults and consideration of medications and co-morbid conditions that may complicate the management of asthma in this population. A summary of the literature supporting best practices in asthma care in the older adult will be provided.
- Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
- Physician Assistants and Other Allied Health Professionals
- Formulate a differential diagnosis for asthma in older adults and develop strategies for accurate diagnosis in this age group
- Determine optimal approaches to treatment of asthma in older adults, taking into account age-related effects on the efficacy and safety of asthma medications
- Evaluate older adults for co-morbidities and treatment side effects that may complicate the diagnosis and management of asthma
Tolly Epstein, MD FAAAAI
University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and Allergy Partners of Central Indiana
Relevant Relationships: None
Alan P. Baptist, MD MPH FAAAAI
University of Michigan, Division of Allergy
Relevant Relationships: Merck and Boehringer Ingelheim: Advisory Board
Kristin Sokol, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brookline, MA
Relevant relationships: None
Kim Mudd, RN MSN CCRP
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Relevant relationships: None
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The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CE Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) is a Provider, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10704, for up to 0.25 Contact Hours.
Credit Claiming Period
Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on May 30, 2021.
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- 0.25 AttendanceAttendance credit.
- 0.25 CECE credit.
- 0.25 CMECME credit.