Effective Medication Self-Management


This toolkit contains resources for teaching older persons and family caregivers how to conduct a medication self-management assessment. It contains introductory material appropriate for undergraduate and graduate level learners, and is intended to help older persons confidently manage their medications.

Brian J. Isetts, PhD, RPh, BCPS, authored this toolkit in collaboration with Kristine Talley, PhD, RN, GNP-BC (School of Nursing), and supported by colleagues of the Interprofessional Geriatrics Coordinating Council.  Brian is a Professor and Geriatric Practitioner in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

This toolkit contains two components: a Learner Module and a compendium of Teaching and Learning Resources.


The Learner Module is designed for students. It is a digital, interactive learning activity. To assign the module to students, instructors can click on the Learner Module icon to the left and copy the URL into their teaching documents for their learners to access. The module is free and accessible to all.

Note: When accessing the learner module, some users may wish to use the CTRL/Command + or – function to adjust the size of the text on their screen.



The compendium of Teaching and Learning Resources is designed for instructors. It includes a list of current readings, clinical guidelines, additional (optional) case studies, and links to assessment tools, health professional organizations, patient advocacy organizations, patient education materials, and other resources on the topic. Many of the resources are also available in the Learner Module so that students can learn of them. Instructors can select the resources that work best for their learners and embed them into their course materials.



Toolkit created June 2022.