High-Risk Medication Use in Older Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevalence, Harms, and Strategies to Mitigate Risks and Enhance Use



Sluggett, Janet K, Harrison, Stephanie L ORCID: 0000-0002-8846-0946, Ritchie, Leona A, Clough, Alexander J, Rigby, Debbie, Caughey, Gillian E and Tan, Edwin CK
(2020) High-Risk Medication Use in Older Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevalence, Harms, and Strategies to Mitigate Risks and Enhance Use. The Senior Care Pharmacist, 35 (10). 419 - 433.

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Abstract

<jats:p>Older residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs), also known as nursing homes, care homes, or residential aged care facilities, often have multiple health conditions and are exposed to polypharmacy. Use of high-risk medications such as opioids, glucose-lowering medications, antithrombotics, and antipsychotics is prevalent among residents of LTCFs. Ensuring appropriate use of high-risk medications is important to minimize the risk of medication-related harm in this vulnerable population. This paper provides an overview of the prevalence and factors associated with high-risk medication use among residents of LTCFs. Evidencebased strategies to optimize the use of high-risk medications and enhance resident outcomes are also discussed.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 10:55
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2021 01:10
DOI: 10.4140/tcp.n.2020.419.
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3112604