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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 109(1):68-78, January 2009
Physiologic changes associated with the aging process dramatically affect the appropriateness of certain medications for older adults. This concern is compounded by the potential interactions of multiple medications – both prescribed and over-the counter. In order to better medications for risks with older adults in various settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes, the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults assessment instrument can be used.
The following video demonstrates how to use this assessment tool, and how easily patients can put themselves at risk for medication-related problems when a thorough assessment of their medications is not routinely made. Viewers will also hear critical discussion points regarding appropriate and inappropriate medications for older adults during a care planning meeting involving nurses and a pharmacist.
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