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Medication Management in Older Adults

A Concise Guide for Clinicians

  • Susan Koch
  • F. Michael Gloth
  • Rhonda Nay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. David G. Le Couteur, Hal Kendig, Vasi Naganathan, Andrew J. McLachlan
    Pages 29-42
  3. Susan Koch, Helen Forbes, Pauline Wong
    Pages 43-52
  4. Catherine Edgar, Penny Harvey
    Pages 53-67
  5. Andrew J. McLachlan, Iqbal Ramzan
    Pages 95-104
  6. F. Michael Gloth
    Pages 111-117
  7. Andrew J. McLachlan, Sarah N. Hilmer, David G. Le Couteur
    Pages 127-135
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-140

About this book


Medication use is the predominant form of health intervention in our society. And as we age, the likelihood of medication use increases dramatically, with more than 80 percent of those over age 65 using one or more medications. Along with that, the potential for medication errors also increases. Indeed adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and adverse drug events (ADEs) are a significant problem in older adults. Written in a practical format by contributors from Australia and the United States, Medication Management in Older Adults: A Concise Guide for Clinicians presents the available evidence on research interventions designed to reduce the incidence of medication errors in older adults, with a focus on acute, subacute, and residential (long-term) care settings. Because medication errors can occur at all stages in the medication process, from prescription by physicians to delivery of medication to the patient by nurses, and in any site in the health system, it is essential that interventions be targeted at all aspects of medication delivery. Chapters cover the principles of medical ethics in relation to medication management; common medication errors in the acute care sector; medication management in long-term care settings; nutrition and medications; the outcomes of a systematic review; dose form alterations; Electronic Health Records (EHR), Computerized Order Entry (COE), Beers criteria; and pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. For those clinicians especially concerned with providing the best possible outcomes for their older adult patients, Medication Management in Older Adults: A Concise Guide for Clinicians is an invaluable resource and a significant contribution to the burgeoning literature on medication errors.


age drug ethics kinetics nutrition pharmacodynamics pharmacokinetics pharmacy research

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Koch
    • 1
  • F. Michael Gloth
    • 2
  • Rhonda Nay
    • 3
  1. 1., Division of Nursing and MidwiferyLatrobe UniversityBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.School of Medicine, Victory Springs Senior Health AssociatesJohns Hopkins UniversityReisterstownUSA
  3. 3., Institute of Social ParticipationLatrobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Medication Management in Older Adults
  • Book Subtitle A Concise Guide for Clinicians
  • Editors Susan Koch
    F. Michael Gloth
    Rhonda Nay
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-60327-456-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-60327-457-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 188
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geriatrics/Gerontology
    Internal Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Internal Medicine & Dermatology


From the reviews:

“This is a multiauthored guide, mostly by Australian authors, to medications for older adults. … The audience here is broad - - pharmacists nurses, prescribers, and policy makers. The authors bring a wide range of knowledge to bear on the subject. … There are a number of tables describing errors in giving medications to older persons and what to do about them. There is a useful diagram of adverse drug actions in older persons. This book discusses these things philosophically … .” (David O. Staats, Doody’s Review Service, January, 2011)