Journal Article

Interventions to address potentially inappropriate prescribing in community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

Clyne B; Fitzgerald C; Quinlan A; Hardy C; Galvin R; Fahey T; Smith SM.

Older patients are more vulnerable to adverse drug events, and a key safety strategy is to avoid prescribing high-risk medications to these patients. This systematic review found that pharmacist medication review and clinical decision support, as well as combined approaches, were modestly effective at reducing high-risk prescribing for older patients. The authors suggest that further studies are needed to identify more effective means of promoting safe prescribing for this vulnerable population.