Iatrogenesis in the elderly. Drug-related problems
Drug reactions are generally related to the influence of age, toxicity, side effects, immunologic reactions, idiosyncratic reactions, drug-drug interactions, and drug-disease interactions. In addition to age-related changes, the elderly are susceptible to the incidence of adverse drug reactions because of polypharmacy, incorrect self-administration of drugs, omission of drugs, taking another's prescriptions, use of over-the-counter drugs, and medication errors by health-care personnel. To prevent or predict adverse drug reactions, the gerontologic nurse can obtain thorough drug histories, educate clients and health-care providers, use nursing measures to alleviate symptoms, and be astute for the potential for problems through drug review.
J. M. Stolley, Kathleen C. Buckwalter, B. Fjordbak, and S. Bush. "Iatrogenesis in the elderly. Drug-related problems" Journal of gerontological nursing 17.9 (1991): 12-17.
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