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Title: Prescribing in the elderly.
Austin Authors: Holbeach, Edwina;Yates, Paul
Affiliation: Department of Aged Care and Rehabilitation Austin Health/Northern Health, Melbourne, Victoria.
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2010
Publication information: Australian Family Physician; 39(10): 728-33
Abstract: Balancing medication use in the elderly is a complex task, made more difficult by the physiological changes and increased burden of disease seen with aging.This article reviews recent literature and outlines the basic principles and problems of medication use in older people, and provides potential strategies to optimise prescribing.Competing risks and benefits complicate medication use in the elderly. General practitioners need to be aware of these risks and benefits in order to tailor the most appropriate treatment regimen to each individual patient.
Gov't Doc #: 20890473
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aged
Drug Prescriptions
General Practice
Patient Compliance
Physician's Practice Patterns
Quality of Health Care
Review Literature as Topic
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