Polypharmacy Discussion

Polypharmacy is a common concern, especially in the elderly.

  • List the definitions of polypharmacy you encounter in your readings. There is more than one.
  • Discuss three risk factors that can lead to polypharmacy. Explain the rationale for why each listed item is a risk factor. This is different than adverse drug reactions. ADRs can be a result of polypharmacy, and is important, but ADRs are not a risk factor.
  • Discuss three action steps that a provider can take to prevent polypharmacy.
  • Provide an example of how your clinical preceptors have addressed polypharmacy.

Reference must be within 5 years

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