Among patients with a recent discharge from the hospital only 44% accurately recalled details of their follow-up appointments with the specialist or primary care MD.
- JAMA, Oct. 2013
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When Pills are the Problem: The Movement to Deprescribe
40% of people over 65 are taking 5 or more medications. That may be too many. It is estimated that 20% of medications prescribed to seniors is inappropriate and may cause harmful side effects, such as dizziness or falls. Doctors and pharmacists are being taught to “deprescribe” safely after reviewing an older patient’s medicine regimen. A detailed review should occur once a year and include over the counter medications. This should be viewed as a critical task in caring for a geriatric patient.