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Journal Article > Review
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. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016;64:1210-1222.
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.
Journal Article > Study
Physician patient communication failure facilitates medication errors in older polymedicated patients with multiple comorbidities.
Mira JJ, Orozco-Beltrán D, Pérez-Jover V, et al. Fam Pract. 2013;30:56-63.
This survey of older adults who were taking more than five prescription medications daily found a strong association between poor physician–patient communication and an increased risk of patient-reported medication errors.