Appropriate use of drugs by elderly people


Barbara Wade, Director, Research and Development Unit, The Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1M 0AB.


The effectiveness and safety of prescribed medication theoretically depends on the patient correctly following the prescriber's instructions. However, patient compliance is often difficult to achieve. This paper discusses reasons for this in relation to elderly people, and attempts to remedy the situation are reviewed.