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Cooney E. Worcester Telegram & Gazette. January 28, 2008;Living section:E1.
This article discusses an AHRQ-funded program to study information technology tools and their ability to minimize medication errors in a geriatric patient population.
Haiken M. Caring.com. August 17, 2009.
To help consumers use medications safely, this article describes 10 common medication mistakes and provides tips on how effective communication and clarification can prevent them.
Jones R. WXYZ. November 13, 2013.
This news piece reports on risks associated with medication delivery in nursing homes and reveals several incidents that resulted in significant patient harm.
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FDA Consumer Health Information. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; September 20, 2016.
Highlighting how aging affects medication absorption that may lead to complications, this fact sheet offers recommendations for older patients to follow instructions, maintain a medication list, be aware of drug interaction potential, and perform an annual review of medications with clinicians to help them take prescriptions safely.
Pierrotti A. USA Today. August 18, 2014.
Jaffe I, Renincasa R. Morning Edition. National Public Radio. December 8–9, 2014.
Overprescribing of medications is a common problem in nursing homes. This two-part radio segment reports on the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications as a chemical restraint for patients with dementia. The first part introduces the issue and includes insights from families that have experienced harm due to the practice. The second segment discusses programs that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has put in place to address the problem through a more patient-centered approach to care and suggests strengthening penalties against organizations that overuse antipsychotics.
Rau J. Washington Post. April 29, 2016.
Transitions in care between inpatient and outpatient settings are an increasing concern for patient safety. Reporting on a fatal medication error that was missed by a patient's pharmacist and home health nurses, this newspaper article discusses various risks associated with hospital-to-home transitions such as insufficient case management and communication.
Gorman A. Kaiser Health News. August 30, 2016.
Older patients are particularly vulnerable to medication errors, as they are often prescribed multiple medications for chronic conditions. This news article reports on complexities associated with managing medications in older patients, including how miscommunication between care team members and patient misunderstanding of postdischarge medication changes can increase risks and contribute to preventable harm. A recent WebM&M commentary discussed strategies to safely manage medications in older patients and highlighted the importance of medication reconciliation.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. December 9, 2017.
The prevalence of polypharmacy among older patients represents an important concern for health care safety, as unneeded medications can contribute to patient harm. This newspaper article reports on several strategies to reduce inappropriate medication use in older patients, including desprescribing and brown bag medication review.