Past Free Webinar – Can a New Approach Help Older Persons Confidently Self-Manage Medications? – April 20th, 2023

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Handout MGS_Isetts Medication Self Management

Colleagues with the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) released an innovative self-paced digital training module with animated case scenarios to help care teams, patients and families confidently self-manage medications. (

A feasibility study was then designed to: 1) Determine if older persons perceive that use of the 4-step process in this training module can help them successfully manage their medications, and 2) Gather preliminary data to assess consistency of the Minnesota Medication Self-Efficacy checklist. (

Presenters will review results from the focus group feasibility study and engage webinar participants in a discussion of strategies and solutions for older adults to use effective self-management to gain confidence in the use of medications.


  • Discuss a new approach for helping older persons confidently self-manage medications by ensuring that each medication has an intended medical purpose, is effective and safe, and can be taken as intended.
  • Describe methods used to assess the feasibility of this new approach with focus group sessions of older adults.
  • Present results from research designed to determine if this new approach can work in older persons.
  • Discuss strategies and approaches to enhance patient collaboration with interprofessional health teams to help individuals improve their confidence in effective medication self-management.

Brian J. Isetts, RPh, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA

Brian Isetts is a Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and a pharmacist with over 25 years of experience working as a nursing home consultant, and in community and institutional practice.  Dr. Isetts has distinguished himself as a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist to improve medication effectiveness and safety for patients of all ages.

At the national level, Dr. Isetts served as a HHealth Policy Fellow in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington, D.C. on a sabbatical working on improvements to the Medicare Part D Drug Program and serving in the CMS Innovation Center to reduce adverse drug events and to study effective medication use in collaboration with national Person and Family Engagement (PFE) organizations.

Brian also serves as Pharmacy’s Primary Advisor to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel working to recognize and report pharmacists’ medication therapy management (MTM) services within official CPT health reporting and billing nomenclature.  In addition, he is the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s investigator for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) funded through a five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Terri McCarthy, MD, MS, CMD; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of MN

Teresa McCarthy is a geriatrician and faculty at the University of Minnesota. She practices and teaches geriatrics in primary and long-term care settings. She is a certified medical director and serves on the American Board of Post-acute and Long-term Care Medicine.

Amy Olson; Patient, current staff, Academic Health Center, University of MN
As a lifetime patient with multiple comorbidities, Amy meets and discusses communication and information exchanges with health science students, trainees and healthcare practitioners.
Her experience as an aging single adult, in conjunction with her history working in clinical and academic pharmacy settings, has enabled her to reach out to hundreds of students and young practitioners to discuss the importance of clear communication regarding diagnosis and treatment.