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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

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Medication errors: Latest figures show most likely in older people and those experiencing comorbidity and polypharmacy

Najia Sultan, Academic Clinical Fellow reflects on a recently published report which has caught the attention of the media.

Latest research released last week has highlighted worrying levels of medication errors made in the NHS every year. The findings have been widely reported in the popular media and were highlighted by the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt at the Global Patient Safety Summit in London last week.

Medication nation: new research shows nearly half of all older people now taking at least five medicines

A recent piece from The Conversation highlights new research by Ian Maidment and colleagues from Aston University, showing a huge increase in the number of older people prescribed multiple medicines.


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