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Title: Medication-related problems in patients referred to aged care and memory clinics at a tertiary care hospital.
Austin Authors: Elliott, Rohan A ;Woodward, Michael M 
Affiliation: Pharmacy Department, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 19-Aug-2010
Publication information: Australasian Journal On Ageing 2010; 30(3): 124-9
Abstract: To investigate the prevalence of medication-related problems (MRPs) in patients attending aged care and memory disorder clinics and explore the potential role of a clinical pharmacist to obtain medication histories and identify unresolved MRPs.The clinical pharmacist interviewed patients and reviewed their medication regimens in the outpatient clinics. Clinical significance of pharmacist-identified MRPs was rated by an independent expert panel using validated criteria.Forty-six patients (mean age 82 years) were reviewed. They took a median of nine medications, of which three were not recorded in the medical record. One hundred and thirteen MRPs (median 2.0 per patient) were identified by the pharmacist. Independent review rated 35% of MRPs as high or extreme risk. Thirty-seven (33%) MRPs related to medications not recorded in the medical record.Medication-related problems were present for most patients. Involvement of a clinical pharmacist resulted in a more comprehensive medication history and identified unresolved MRPs.
Gov't Doc #: 21923705
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00458.x
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Cross-Sectional Studies
Drug Interactions
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Health Behavior
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Inappropriate Prescribing
Interviews as Topic
Medical History Taking
Medication Adherence
Medication Errors.prevention & control
Memory Disorders.psychology
Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
Referral and Consultation
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
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