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Occupational Therapist

Pharmacology 208
Concepts of Orthopedic Pharmacology


  • Describe pharmacokinetic concepts, including absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion half-life, and duration of action, and their relationship and significance to therapy
  • Describe pharmacodynamic concepts, including the dose-response relationship, therapeutic window, adverse drug reactions, toxicity, tolerance, withdrawal, and addiction
  • List 3 general principles of safe medication use and the role of the therapist in optimizing patient safety
  • List 3 general principles of treatment and prevention of orthopedic infection, including why such infections are difficult to treat and the importance of antibiotic compliance
  • List the analgesics best suited for different types of pain
  • Describe how opioids work differently from anti-inflammatory analgesics in the treatment of pain
  • List 3 common side effects and precautions associated with opioids, acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors, and corticosteroids
  • List 3 risks of acetaminophen overdoses during pain management
  • Recognize the boundaries of your professional scope of practice and identify what a therapist can tell a patient about their medication

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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