"Take ten minutes": a dedicated ten minute medication review reduces polypharmacy in the elderly.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/122494
Title:
"Take ten minutes": a dedicated ten minute medication review reduces polypharmacy in the elderly.
Authors:
Walsh, E K; Cussen, K
Affiliation:
General Practice Training Unit, Waterford Regional Hospital, Dunmore Rd, Waterford. elbreathnach@hotmail.com
Citation:
"Take ten minutes": a dedicated ten minute medication review reduces polypharmacy in the elderly. 2010, 103 (8):236-8 Ir Med J
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Sep-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/122494
PubMed ID:
21046863
Abstract:
Multiple and inappropriate medications are often the cause for poor health status in the elderly. Medication reviews can improve prescribing. This study aimed to determine if a ten minute medication review by a general practitioner could reduce polypharmacy and inappropriate prescribing in elderly patients. A prospective, randomised study was conducted. Patients over the age of 65 (n = 50) underwent a 10-minute medication review. Inappropriate medications, dosage errors, and discrepancies between prescribed versus actual medication being consumed were recorded. A questionnaire to assess satisfaction was completed following review. The mean number of medications taken by patients was reduced (p < 0.001). A medication was stopped in 35 (70%) patients. Inappropriate medications were detected in 27 (54%) patients and reduced (p < 0.001). Dose errors were detected in 16 (32%). A high level of patient satisfaction was reported. A ten minute medication review reduces polypharmacy, improves prescribing and is associated with high levels of patient satisfaction.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Aged; Humans; Medication Reconciliation; Polypharmacy; Prospective Studies
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, E Ken
dc.contributor.authorCussen, Ken
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-21T09:35:03Z-
dc.date.available2011-02-21T09:35:03Z-
dc.date.issued2010-09-
dc.identifier.citation"Take ten minutes": a dedicated ten minute medication review reduces polypharmacy in the elderly. 2010, 103 (8):236-8 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid21046863-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/122494-
dc.description.abstractMultiple and inappropriate medications are often the cause for poor health status in the elderly. Medication reviews can improve prescribing. This study aimed to determine if a ten minute medication review by a general practitioner could reduce polypharmacy and inappropriate prescribing in elderly patients. A prospective, randomised study was conducted. Patients over the age of 65 (n = 50) underwent a 10-minute medication review. Inappropriate medications, dosage errors, and discrepancies between prescribed versus actual medication being consumed were recorded. A questionnaire to assess satisfaction was completed following review. The mean number of medications taken by patients was reduced (p < 0.001). A medication was stopped in 35 (70%) patients. Inappropriate medications were detected in 27 (54%) patients and reduced (p < 0.001). Dose errors were detected in 16 (32%). A high level of patient satisfaction was reported. A ten minute medication review reduces polypharmacy, improves prescribing and is associated with high levels of patient satisfaction.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshMedication Reconciliation-
dc.subject.meshPolypharmacy-
dc.subject.meshProspective Studies-
dc.title"Take ten minutes": a dedicated ten minute medication review reduces polypharmacy in the elderly.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentGeneral Practice Training Unit, Waterford Regional Hospital, Dunmore Rd, Waterford. elbreathnach@hotmail.comen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen

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