Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy program, Medication Safety is approved for 1.0 CE in Ethics by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA).

Approved through March 14. 2024

About Johanna Trimble

Johanna has worked to improve medication safety in Canada and internationally for the past 12 years. In 2016 Johanna received the Patient Safety Champion Award from HealthCareCAN and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. She is on the Oversight Committee of the Therapeutics Initiative and teaches yearly in the PharmD course (UBC).

About the Presentation

What Every Patient Advocate Needs to Know about Medications

Beginning with her own family story of discovering a serious medication interaction, Johanna will attempt to explain what she has learned about medication safety in 12 years as a patient advocate. "If I only knew then what I know now!" she says.
She will briefly discuss in plain language how drugs are developed and trialed before they are marketed. She will then reveal the real lowdown on the efficacy of many drugs, or lack thereof, and what those words and numbers mean (significant, absolute, relative?). 
Why are drug interactions or adverse effects so seldom noticed or dealt with, and how common are they? The topic of medication overload — why so many older adults are on so many drugs, often to their detriment — will be explained, and methods and resources to deal with this problem provided. The value and importance of the perspective of the families and the patients themselves, as part of the medical “team”, will be clarified and extolled.