Practice question

Why is medicines optimisation important for older people living with frailty?

Many older people living with frailty take multiple medicines. Medicines optimisation can help ensure such polypharmacy is appropriate, the best outcomes are achieved, waste is reduced and safety improved
Many older people use multiple medicines, medicines optimisation helps to ensure safe and appropriate polypharmacy

Many older people living with frailty take multiple medicines. Medicines optimisation can help ensure such polypharmacy is appropriate, the best outcomes are achieved, waste is reduced and safety improved

One quarter of people aged over 60 have two or more long-term conditions including frailty (National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 2016).

Older people often have a number of co-existing medical issues and take multiple medications ( Milton et al 2008 ).

While this may include appropriate polypharmacy, evidence suggests that 30-50% of medicines prescribed for long-term conditions are not taken as intended

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