Although all aspects of health care are potential areas of research, the program focuses its research activities in community dwelling older adults and in older adults residing in assisted living facilities. These areas have been selected because this is where the majority of older people reside and where little is known about the medication use process and drug therapy outcomes.
Research conducted by the faculty of the geriatric pharmacotherapy program focuses in the following areas:
- Clinical outcomes from drug therapy
- Patient outcomes of pharmacist’s interventions
- Community-engaged research
Results from the program’s research will help pharmacists recommend drug therapy and identify areas where pharmacists contribute to positive clinical outcomes in older patients. The geriatrics program uses a team approach and collaborates with pharmacists and practitioners from other health care disciplines to conduct patient-focused research.