Patient Scenario:

Subjective: Mrs. Smith is a 52 year old African American female. She presents for follow up for elevated BP at her last visit 160/94. She was to trial lifestyle modifications by limiting salt, eating low fat, sugar and high fiber and replaced fried foods with baked or broiled chicken or lean meats. She presents today with her BP diary 164/98; 170/100.

Current meds: asa 81mg qd, Mylanta

Allergies: NKDA

PMH: Heart burn

FamHx: Mother DM II and HTN; Father MI age 60 deceased

Social: smokes 1ppd x 30 yrs.

Objective: Wt: 195 lbs. Ht 5’6”

Vitals: BP 172/104 HR 82 RR 12

Waist circum: 38 in.

Exam: unremarkable

Assessment: High Blood Pressure

Plan: What medication will you prescribe for your patient? What education will you provide for your patient?

Critical Thinking Questions Portion (19 pts)- Answers the questions in the format presented.

Include a research article and evidenced based guideline that supports your decision making and selection process. Give rationale and reference your information.

1. To start Review JNCVIII guidelines [can be found under this cardiac module] and Chapters 16 and 40 they will guide you to the best choice for your patient.

(a) Why have you selected this medication in this special patient population? Explain your critical thinking. What class is this medication in?

(b) What is the pharmacodynamic action of the medication you choose? Explain how it will lower your patient’s BP.

(c) Identify your concerns or “red flags” in the Subjective – this is what the patient tells you. How has this impacted your choice in medications?

1. ______________

2. ______________

3. ______________


5. _______________

(d) What concerns you about the patient exam? How has this impacted your medication choice?

1. _______________




(e) What other medication did you consider prescribing? What is the

pharmacodynamic action? [5pts.]

2.List 3-5 instructional points you would include in educating the patient. (Note: There are probably many things you could include in your instruction but do not exceed 5 points. Select the most important points relative to this medication and this case. Don’t just copy and paste into this section. Make it meaningful to this patient.)

(a) What education will you include about the medication you prescribed?

(b) What other education needs to be included that is non-pharmacological education that is pertinent to this patient? [5 pts.]

3.What are the potential side effects and/or adverse drug reactions and how should they be managed?

(a) What are the most common side effects/adverse reactions can patients

Experience list the top 5?


2. _______

3. ________

4. ________


(b)What side effects/adverse drug reactions are your worst case scenarios?

(c) If these occur, what would you want your patient to do? What will your

education include in those side effects that patient can trial a treatment

before calling office or seeking medical attention. [1 pts.]

4.What are potential drug interactions for your patient and what would your education and management include? (Note: This answer may be none.) Don’t just copy and paste drug interactions into this area.

(a)What is applicable for this patient? The medication(s) she is taking is

there a risk for a potential drug interaction(s) with the medication you have


(b)Does she need education about OTCs that may interact with the med you

have prescribed? [1 pts.]

5.Did you prescribe a generic or a brand/trade name?

(a) What is the generic name? What is the brand name?

(b)Is there a generic version of this medication available?

(c) Is there a brand/trade version of this medication? What is an example of

this, if so what is it called?

(d)What is your rationale for prescribing or not prescribing a generic

preparation? [0.5 pts.]

6.What is the cost of this medication?

(a)How does it compare to other options available for this patient? What is

the cost of the other medication you considered prescribing to this patient?

(b)Is the medication as you prescribe it on the $4 lists available at Walmart,

Costco, Fred Meyers, Target, etc? [0.5 pts.]

7.How would you monitor the efficacy of this medication?

(a) Specifically, when would you expect this medication to work?

(b)When would you want to see this patient again?

(b)At the follow up visit how will you determine efficacy?

(1) What questions will help you determine if this medication is

helping your patient?



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