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Safe prescribing for the elderly

Hoskins, Brenda L. DNP, ARNP, GNP-BC, FAANP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000407605.53599.a6

Prescribing for older adults is a complex and high-risk process. Age-related changes produce differences in the way elderly patients respond to and process medication. This article discusses age-related changes, common problems that increase risk for older adults, strategies for improving adherence, and models for safe and effective prescribing.

Brenda L. Hoskins is an associate clinical professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing Iowa City, IA.

The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.