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Minimising the risks of polypharmacy

01 May 2011

Nursing Older People


Polypharmacy holds particular risks for the older population, which nurses are in a good position to recognise and minimise. The aim of this article is to highlight...

Associations between alcohol use, polypharmacy and falls in older adults

28 January 2016

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

Aims To describe the prevalence of alcohol intake, medication use and falls, evaluate the association between alcohol intake and medication use, and assess the...

Polypharmacy in older adults

25 May 2011

Nursing Standard


This article explores the issue of polypharmacy in older adults. The physiological changes in organ function in older people and the effect of this on...

Approaches to managing older people using opiates and their risk of dependence

03 April 2019

Nursing Older People


There is little doubt that opiates have transformed healthcare, particularly in relation to pain management. However, many patients prescribed this type of drug...

Comprehensive geriatric assessment of a patient with complex needs

29 April 2016

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

This is the third in a short series that presents case study examples of the application of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in different clinical settings....

Drug-induced dysphagia and the high-risk effect on people with intellectual disabilities

24 January 2019

Learning Disability Practice

swallowing difficulties

Research indicates that aspirate pneumonia as a result of dysphagia can be one of the leading causes for episodes of hospitalisation among people with intellectual...

Prescribing and medicines management in older people

01 September 2013

Nursing Older People


The aim of this article is to explore prescribing and medicines management in older people. The author discusses the physiological changes that occur as people age...

Polypharmacy: the challenge for nurses

25 May 2016

Nursing Standard


Polypharmacy refers to the prescribing of many medicines for one individual. Polypharmacy is increasingly common as a result of the rise in multimorbidity, use of...

Open AccessRole of nurses in supporting proactive deprescribing

14 January 2019

Nursing Standard


Deprescribing is the term used to describe the discontinuation of medicines. It can be either ‘reactive’, for example in response to an adverse event or therapeutic...

Managing patients with multimorbidity

19 June 2018

Primary Health Care

Long-term conditions

Multimorbidity is becoming an increasing problem with more patients having two or more long-term conditions. This is putting an additional burden on healthcare...