May 5, 2014

Study: Many Elderly Following Unnecessarily Complicated Medication Regimens.

Reuters (5/3, Bond) reported that a recent study published in Patient Education and Counseling indicates misunderstanding about medication use between patients and healthcare providers may complicate seniors’ medication regimens. After nurses visited the homes of patients aged 70 and above who had been discharged from a hospital a month earlier, they asked questions about when and how patients took their medication each day. Afterward, healthcare providers looked at their lists to find the lowest number of times each day the patient could take the same medication. They found that more than 42% of patients were keeping a regimen that was unnecessarily complicated, and 53% of those patients could reduce the number of times they took medication by one each day.
Original Posting from Bulletin Healthcare.