STUDY: OVER-MEDICATION IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF HOSPITAL VISITS FOR CANADIAN SENIORS

Oct 08, 2019

By Jeremy Logan

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The author of a new study on the over-medication of Canadian seniors says complications and side effects from taking too many or inappropriate medications is one of the most common causes of hospital visits for people 65 and older.

Doctor Emily McDonald from the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal says the issue prompted her and study co-author Todd Lee to create MedSafer.

McDonald and Lee studied patients 65 and up who took five or more medications a day.

They found doctors could safely reduce the number of medications given to their patients by using MedSafer.

The electronic tool for doctors, pharmacists and nurse practitioners helps monitor different medications, flags potentially inappropriate ones and advises if any can be reduced or stopped.

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