Tia R M Kostas

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INTRODUCTION Complex medication regimens are error prone and challenging for patients, which may impact medication adherence and safety. No universal method to assess the complexity of medication regimens (CMRx) exists. The authors aim to review literature for CMRx measurements to establish consistencies and, secondarily, describe CMRx impact on healthcare(More)
There is much room for innovation in teaching medical students professionalism. The goal of this exercise was to enhance first-year Gross Anatomy students' understanding of professionalism, including the attributes of confidentiality, respectful behavior and humanism in medicine through a video interview with a donor family member. Survey results(More)
The authors hypothesized that an interprofessional workshop would improve geriatrics trainees' medication management. The workshop was based on a needs assessment and comprised an interactive session with pharmacists on managing medications in elderly adults. Participants were trainees in their geriatrics rotation at a tertiary care medical center. Trainees(More)
INTRODUCTION Older adults are generally considered to be at greater risk for medication non-adherence due to factors such as medication complexity, side effects, cost, and cognitive decline. However, this generalization may not apply to older adults with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Regardless of age, suboptimal adherence to antiretroviral therapy(More)
What problems were addressed? The reliable and valid assessment of the clinical competence of doctors is essential for patient safety. Virtual realitybased clinical cases offer a form of assessment that can provide information on a student’s clinical reasoning and decision-making ability. Further work is required to determine the validity of using virtual(More)
Geriatrics knowledge and expertise is critical to the care of older adults in skilled nursing facilities. However, opportunities for ongoing geriatrics training for nurses working in skilled nursing facilities are often scarce or nonexistent. This feasibility study describes a mixed-methods analysis of nurses' educational needs and barriers to continuing(More)
Delirium is an acute change in awareness and attention and is common, morbid, and costly for patients and health care systems. While hyperactive delirium is easily identifiable, the hypoactive form is more common and carries a higher mortality. Hospital systems to address delirium should consist of 3 critical steps. First, hospitals must identify patients(More)
BACKGROUND Delirium may complicate the hospital course and adversely impact remaining quality of life for palliative care inpatients. Medications with anticholinergic properties have been linked to delirium within elderly populations via serum anticholinergic assays. AIM The aim of this study is to determine whether increasing anticholinergic burden, as(More)
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