Medication Use Review seminars – holistic approach

The medication review seminars aim to look further into the most common challenges in medication management in a specific patient group and offer expert advice on how to identify potential problems with medication safety and efficiency. During the seminars, you will learn more about how to implement the patient perspective in medication reviews. In addition, participants will get to apply their knowledge in practice by solving a practical patient case.

Chronic pain management

The workshop focuses on the modern treatment principles of pain and selection of analgesics suitable for specific patient groups. The objective of the workshop is to highlight the role of a pharmacist in the filed of pain management by solving a different clinical cases of patients with different types of pain.

Common mental health problems in elderly patients

The population in Europe is aging, leading to the increased medicines consumption and the frequency of polypharmacy. Usage of psychotropic and sedative drugs needs special attention as mental health problems are common in the elderly. Excessive use of psychotropic medicines may lead to drug-drug interactions, adverse drug reactions and can influence the quality of life. The aim of this workshop is to provide pharmacists with information and tools for management of pharmacotherapy in elderly patients on polypharmacy with mental health problems.

Chronic kidney disease management in ambulatory care

Patients with chronic kidney disease often have several underlying medical conditions that make their management from the medication perspective difficult. In this workshop we draw attention to the pharmacotherapeutical challenges this vulnerable patient population is facing. Elaborate on how to identify pharmaceutical care issues, give solutions, and provide the best care for these patients.

Brief biographies

Jana Lass, MSc Clin Pharm, PhD is working as a clinical pharmacist at the Tartu University Hospital and as a lecturer of clinical pharmacy at the Institute of Pharmacy, University of Tartu. She has graduated from the Queen’s University Belfast as a clinical pharmacist and her Phd thesis from the University of Tartu (defence in 2013) was about the epidemiological and clinical aspects of medicines use in children in Estonia. She currently holds a position at the Institute of Genomics (University of Tartu) as a research fellow of clinical pharmacology. She is a member of acute pain team at the Tartu University Hospital

Marika Saar (MSc Clin Pharm) is working as a clinical pharmacist at the Tartu University Hospital and as a junior lecturer of clinical pharmacy at the Institute of Pharmacy, University of Tartu. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK as a clinical Pharmacist in 2012. Currently she is doing her doctoral studies in the field of immune oncology at the University of Tartu. Her main research areas are clinical pharmacy, oncology pharmacy and immuno-oncology. She is a member of the board of European Society of Oncology Pharmacy and Estonian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Kairi Marlen Antoniak, MSc, Pharm.D., is clinical pharmacist at East Tallinn Central Hospital and Tartu University Hospital in Estonia. Dr. Antoniak earned her Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Tartu in Estonia and her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Malta in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Antoniak practices as a clinical pharmacist in intensive care unit, surgery and neurology, and is an active member of the clinical nutrition teams. She also serves as a preceptor for final year pharmacy students and is visiting lecturer at the University of Tartu. Dr. Antoniak is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), and board member of the Estonian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ESHP).