Prescribing and medicines management in older people

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to explore prescribing and medicines management in older people. The author discusses the physiological changes that occur as people age and how these changes affect the use of drugs in this group. Additionally, inappropriate prescribing with specific reference to polypharmacy in older people is explored. Finally, drugs that should be used with care are highlighted.

NOP441 Kaufman G (2013) Prescribing and medicines management in older people. Nursing Older People. 25, 7, 33–41. Date of submission: January 14 2013. Date of acceptance: May 13 2013.

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