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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...

Identifying and managing adverse drug reactions to promote medicines adherence and safety

23 May 2022

Nursing Standard


Unpleasant side effects or adverse drug reactions (ADRs) caused by medicines can have significant effects on people’s quality of life and therapeutic outcomes....

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...

Role of the nurse in supporting patients to self-manage their medicines effectively

10 January 2022

Nursing Standard


Medicines are an integral element of the effective management of many clinical conditions. As people live longer, many of them will experience multiple long-term...

Role of medicines management in preventing falls in older people

26 January 2022

Nursing Older People

Falls prevention

Falls are common in older people and are a cause of preventable morbidity and mortality. As well as causing injury, falls can result in pain, distress, loss of...

Understanding and managing common drug interactions

29 June 2022

Nursing Standard


Drug interactions are common in clinical practice and have a direct effect on patients’ morbidity and mortality. However, with the appropriate knowledge they can be...

Involving older people in decisions about deprescribing in end of life care

10 October 2022

Nursing Standard

end of life care

It is essential for all healthcare practitioners, including nurses, to recognise and respond to people’s wishes and preferences for end of life care as part of a...

Can community pharmacy practitioners support patients who take oral anticancer medication? Patients’ needs and views

06 December 2018

Cancer Nursing Practice

Service evaluation

As more oral anticancer agents are available community pharmacy practitioners (CPPs) may need to play a greater role in supporting people with cancer. This article...

Optimising the absorption of medicines

29 June 2020

Nursing Standard


The speed and extent of medicine absorption in the human body are affected by numerous interrelated pharmacokinetic factors. To maximise therapeutic benefit and...

The role of the nurse in supporting patients with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic

22 July 2020

Primary Health Care

respiratory disease

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. It is a highly contagious virus that has led to a pandemic. There are several known risk factors...