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Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects
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Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects

  • Report shows medicines prescribed to older people in excessive numbers and unsafe combinations
  • Nurses, including non-prescribers, are well-placed to spot inappropriate polypharmacy
  • Reducing or stopping drugs can have important benefits, such as improved mobility and alertness

When Anna Mould sees a new patient at the acute hospital where she works as an older people’s mental health liaison nurse, one of the most effective things she does is check their medications.

Simply by reviewing what they are taking – or not taking – and rationalising it where required, she says she can make a huge difference to people’s health and their lives.

‘Her mobility improved, just with two drugs being taken away’

‘Quite often they’ve got two or three drug charts and you

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