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PREDICTOR: Pharmacy Identification and Primary Care Intervention of Older Adults at Risk for Suicide

2018 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $99,623
Focus Area: Clinical Treatment Studies

Jordan Karp, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh

Inside the Research

Question: Is it feasible for pharmacy staff to screen and coordinate care for older patients medicated for both depression and pain?

Strategy: Elderly people prescribed both antidepressants and opioids will be screened for depression and pain by pharmacy staff. A follow-up telephone assessment for suicidal ideation and behavior and other suicide risk factors will be conducted. Using this information and needs reported by rural primary care phyicians, a focused care coordination intervention will be developed and evaluated.

Impact:  Care coordination in pharmacies for older adults treated for depression and pain.