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How to try this: Monitoring Medication Use in Older Adults

Molony, Sheila L. PhD, RN, GNP-BC

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: January 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 1 - p 68–78
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000344046.42145.9d

The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults assessment instrument highlights specific medications whose risks to older adults may outweigh their benefits. Nurses can use the criteria to evaluate medications for risks that warrant follow-up with older adults in various settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes. Watch a video demonstrating the use of the Beers criteria at

The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults can be used to evaluate whether risks outweigh benefits for prescribed drugs.

Sheila L. Molony is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale University School of Nursing in New Haven, CT, and a John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

Contact author: The author of this article has no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

How to Try This is a three-year project funded by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University's College of Nursing in collaboration with AJN. This initiative promotes the Hartford Institute's geriatric assessment tools, Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults: The series will include articles and corresponding videos, all of which will be available for free online at Nancy A. Stotts, EdD, RN, FAAN (, and Sherry A. Greenberg, MSN, APRN, BC, GNP (, are coeditors of the print series. The articles and videos are to be used for educational purposes only.

Routine use of Try This tools or approaches may require formal review and approval by your employer.

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