Palliative Care Pharmacy: 411 for the Interdisciplinary Team


Presented by Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson and Dr. Kathryn Walker

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the burden-to-benefit ratio of medications commonly used in caring for patients with serious illness.

  2. Develop best practices for transitions in care and medication management from hospital to home or facility in advanced disease processes.

  3. Explore strategies to increase discipline specific pharmacology knowledge among all members of the palliative care interdisciplinary team.

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CDE

Dr. McPherson is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore and Program Director of the Master of Science in Palliative Care program at the University of Maryland. Dr. McPherson is a Fellow in the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She has received many honors for her work, including the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Practice and the Maryland Pharmacists Association Innovative Practice Award. She has written three books, and many chapters and peer-reviewed articles on pain management, palliative care, and other topics. The second edition of her book Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing has just been published and is available on Amazon and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists website.

Kathryn A. Walker, PharmD, BCPS, CPE

Dr. Walker is the Senior Clinical and Scientific Director of Palliative Care for MedStar Health. She also is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist. Dr. Walker is a past president of the Maryland Pain Initiative (MPI) and has served on the boards of directors for MPI and the Maryland Society of Health System Pharmacists. She holds additional memberships in the Maryland Pharmacists Association, the American College of Clinical Pharmacists, and the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.

Her research has been published in journals, including the Journal of Supportive Oncology and theJournal of Palliative Medicine. She serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has received several awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her work in the Public Health Service, and she received an Innovative Practice Award from the Maryland Pharmacists Association.

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