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Medicine self-administration errors in the older adult population: a systematic review.

Aldila F, Walpola RL. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2021;Epub Apr 4.

Older adults are at increased risk of medicine self-administration errors (MSEs) due to polypharmacy, cognitive decline, and decline in physical abilities. In this review, incorrect dosing was the most common MSE; the most common factor influencing the errors is complex medication regimens due to the need for multiple medications. Additional research is needed into how community pharmacists can assist older adults at risk of MSE.