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Challenges of managing medications for older people at transition points of care

Manias, Elizabeth and Hughes, Carmel 2015, Challenges of managing medications for older people at transition points of care, Research in social and administrative pharmacy, vol. 11, no. 3, May-June, pp. 442-447, doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2014.10.001.

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Title Challenges of managing medications for older people at transition points of care
Author(s) Manias, ElizabethORCID iD for Manias, Elizabeth orcid.org/0000-0002-3747-0087
Hughes, Carmel
Journal name Research in social and administrative pharmacy
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Season May-June
Start page 442
End page 447
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 1934-8150
Keyword(s) Communication
Information technology
Medication discrepancies
Medication reconciliation
Older people
Patient and family involvement
Summary In clinical practice, pharmacists play a very important role in identifying and correcting medication discrepancies as older patients move across transition points of care. With increasing complexity of health care needs of older people, these discrepancies are likely to increase. The major concern with identifying and correcting medication discrepancies is that medication reconciliation is considered a retrospective problem - that is, dealing with medication discrepancies after they have occurred. It is argued here that a more proactive stance should be taken where doctors, nurses and pharmacists collectively work together to prevent medication discrepancies from happening in the first place. Improved involvement of patients and family members will help to facilitate better management of medications across transition points of care. Efficient use of information technology aids, such as electronic medication reconciliation tools, should also assist with organizational systems problems associated with the working culture, heavy workloads, and staff and skill mix of health professionals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.sapharm.2014.10.001
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30068265

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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