Use of Prescription Medicines Among Older People

Kairuz, Therese, and Bye, Lynne (2011) Use of Prescription Medicines Among Older People. LAMBERT Academic, Saarbrücken, Germany.

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Abstract

The findings of this study, conducted in 2004, laid the foundation for subsequent research about the use of medicines among older people within the Auckland region of New Zealand. This manuscript includes references relevant at the time of study while recent population statistics, government initiatives and developments are summarized in this forward, providing an updated introduction to the findings from the 2004 pilot study.

Tools developed and used in this study were further refined and adapted and subsequently used in a medicines management service piloted by HealthWest Primary Health Organisation in Auckland New Zealand study. These studies informed the business case for funding of a new Medicine Management Service (Medicine Use Review and Adherence Support Service) in the Waitemata District in New Zealand.

Research Statement

Research Background The number of visits to general practitioners increases as people age, and older patients require more medicines to manage their conditions. The ageing process and the increased numbers of medicines result in more complex medicine management needs.
Research Contribution The study identified factors that contributed to the optimal use of medicines among older people.
Research Significance Pharmacists have an important role contributing to patient safety and optimal health outcomes by incorporating regular medication reviews and patient education into their practice.
Item ID: 35062
Item Type: Book (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-3-8433-9280-8
Keywords: poly-pharmacy; prescribing; compliance; adherence; concordance
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 02:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences > 111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 100%
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