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International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 37, Issue 6, pp 971–974 | Cite as

The relevance of educating doctors, pharmacists and older patients about potentially inappropriate medications

  • Mohd Shahezwan Abd WahabEmail author
Commentary

Abstract

Providing appropriate pharmacotherapy to older people can be difficult since older people are more at risk of developing adverse drug reactions due to age-related physiological changes. The use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) among older people is common throughout the globe, and is a cause for concern due to their clinical, humanistic and economic implications. Nevertheless, it appears that doctors and pharmacists have limited knowledge regarding PIMs. Moreover, uninformed older patients may use PIMs without considering their potential negative consequences. There is a need, therefore, to educate doctors, pharmacists and older patients about PIMs. Geriatric pharmacotherapy education with an emphasis on appropriate prescribing, and PIMs, should be included in the medical and pharmacy teachings at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education levels. Moreover, older patients should be informed about PIMs and the possible risks that they may pose.

Keywords

Doctors Education Older patients Potentially inappropriate medications Pharmacists 

Notes

Funding

The author is funded by the 100th Anniversary Chulalongkorn University Fund for Doctoral Scholarship. This work was partially supported by the Research Acculturation Grant Scheme (RAGS), Malaysia (RAGS/2013/UITM/SKK02/3;SKK02/5). The funders had no role in the preparation, review and approval of the article; or in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

Conflicts of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pharmaceutical Care (International Program), Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of PharmacyUniversiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)Puncak AlamMalaysia

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