The endocrine and musculoskeletal systems play important roles in the regulation and coordination of activities throughout the body. When alterations of these systems occur, many patients require long-term drug therapies. In addition to drugs prescribed by their health care providers, patients with these disorders also often take herbal and dietary supplements. According to the American Diabetes Association, 22 percent of diabetic patients use herbal therapy and 31 percent use dietary supplements (American Diabetes Association, 2009). This may impact the effects of prescribed drugs, as well as pose a concern of adverse drug reactions in patients. When treating patients with endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders, it is important to educate patients on associated risks. As an advanced practice nurse prescribing drugs, you must carefully consider all drug, herbal, and dietary therapies prior to finalizing treatment plans.
This week you examine types of drugs prescribed to patients with endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the impact of patient factors on the effects of drugs. You also explore ways to improve patient treatment plans including suggested drug therapies. Finally, you examine types of diabetes and the impact of diabetes drugs on patients.
By the end of this week, students will:
Analyze types of drugs prescribed to treat endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders
Evaluate the impact of patient factors on the effects of prescribed drugs for endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders
Evaluate drug therapy plans to treat endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders
Analyze patient education strategies for treatment and management of endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders
Differentiate types of diabetes
Evaluate the impact of diabetes drugs on patients
Understand and apply key terms, concepts, and principles related to prescribing drugs to treat endocrine and musculoskeletal disorders
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Arcangelo, V. P., & Peterson, A. M. (Eds.). (2013). Pharmacotherapeutics for advanced practice: A practical approach (3rd ed.). Ambler, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Chapter 36, “Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis” (pp. 538–559)
This chapter examines the causes, pathophysiology, and diagnostic criteria of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It then outlines the process of selecting, administering, and managing drug therapy for both disorders.
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