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Medication use and cognitive impairment among residents of aged care facilities.

Shafiee Hanjani L, Hubbard RE, Freeman CR, et al. Medication use and cognitive impairment among residents of aged care facilities. Intern Med J. 2021;51(4):520-532. doi: 10.1111/imj.14804.

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June 23, 2021
Shafiee Hanjani L, Hubbard RE, Freeman CR, et al. Intern Med J. 2021;51(4):520-532.

Cognitively impaired older adults living in residential aged care facilities (RACF) are at risk of adverse drug events related to potentially inappropriate polypharmacy. Based on telehealth visits with 720 RACF residents, 66% were receiving polypharmacy, with cognitively intact residents receiving significantly more medications than cognitively impaired residents. Overall, 82% of residents were receiving anti-cholinergic medications which should be avoided in this population. Future interventions and research should pay particular attention to the prescribing of these medications.

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Shafiee Hanjani L, Hubbard RE, Freeman CR, et al. Medication use and cognitive impairment among residents of aged care facilities. Intern Med J. 2021;51(4):520-532. doi: 10.1111/imj.14804.

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