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

Clyne B, Fitzgerald C, Quinlan A, et al. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2016;64:1210-22.

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.