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

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207949
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:
Ir Med J. 2010 Sep;103(8):236-8.
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207949
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.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Aged; Humans; *Medication Reconciliation; *Polypharmacy; Prospective Studies
ISSN:
0332-3102 (Print); 0332-3102 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, E Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorCussen, Ken_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T10:52:18Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T10:52:18Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T10:52:18Z-
dc.identifier.citationIr Med J. 2010 Sep;103(8):236-8.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid21046863en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207949-
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.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAgeden_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Medication Reconciliationen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Polypharmacyen_GB
dc.subject.meshProspective Studiesen_GB
dc.title"Take ten minutes": a dedicated ten minute medication review reduces polypharmacy in the elderly.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentGeneral Practice Training Unit, Waterford Regional Hospital, Dunmore Rd,, Waterford. elbreathnach@hotmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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