Many Senior Rx Routines Can Be Simplified
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Over 42% of elderly patients could be following an unnecessarily complicated medication routine that can be simplified, according to a study published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling. In this research, 200 patients >70 years of age that had received a hospital discharge in the prior month were visited in their homes by a nurse and were questioned on their medication regimen. A pharmacist and doctor then reviewed the patient's list of medications for the fewest number of times the participant could take his/her medications each day and compared this to the actual number of times that each patient had said they took their medications each day. Over 42% of the participants had a regimen that could be simplified; over 25% could reduce the number of times they took their medicines by once per day and 16% could reduce by at least two times per day. Concerns over food and drug interactions and misunderstanding medication instructions were the leading reasons for overly complicated medication routines.
“If you consolidate the regimen, you can know that you're done at the end of the day,” Lindquist told Reuters Health. For example, if a patient is prescribed three medicines that are each supposed to be taken twice per day, it's likely they can be taken together each time. The nurses asked ...
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