Optimization of drug prescribing
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2003
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Volume 57, Issue 3, pages 231–236, March 2004
How to Cite
Jackson, S. H. D., Mangoni, A. A. and Batty, G. M. (2004), Optimization of drug prescribing. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 57: 231–236. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2125.2003.02018.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2003
- Received 23 June 2003, accepted 24 September 2003.
- drug prescribing;
- elderly patients
The hazards of prescribing many drugs, including side-effects, drug interactions, and difficulties of compliance, have long been recognized as particular problems when prescribing for elderly people. The need for appropriate and rational prescribing for elderly patients has been prioritized in the National Service Framework for Older People. This review addresses the research evidence on epidemiology of prescribing in elderly patients, methods of measuring the quality, and the role of the prescriber and the multidisciplinary team in the day-to-day optimization of drug therapy.