Polypharmacy

Publication Title: 
Patient Education and Counseling

OBJECTIVE: The growing prevalence of multiple medicine use among elderly challenges health care. The aim was to conduct an exploratory study describing multiple medicine use from the elderly patient's perspective. METHODS: Twelve focus groups of 29 men and 30 women 65 years of age or older, using five or more medicines were analysed qualitatively. RESULTS: Initially the participants reported no problems with using multiple medicines; they felt fortunate that medicines existed and kept them alive.

Author(s): 
Moen, Janne
Bohm, Anna
Tillenius, Therese
Antonov, Karolina
Nilsson, J. Lars G.
Ring, Lena
Publication Title: 
Trials

BACKGROUND: Pragmatic randomised controlled trials (PRCTs) aim to assess intervention effectiveness by accounting for 'real life' implementation challenges in routine practice. The methodological challenges of PRCT implementation, particularly in primary care, are not well understood. The Kanyini Guidelines Adherence to Polypill study (Kanyini GAP) was a recent primary care PRCT involving multiple private general practices, Indigenous community controlled health services and private community pharmacies.

Author(s): 
Liu, Hueiming
Massi, Luciana
Eades, Anne-Marie
Howard, Kirsten
Peiris, David
Redfern, Julie
Usherwood, Tim
Cass, Alan
Patel, Anushka
Jan, Stephen
Laba, Tracey-Lea
Publication Title: 
Maturitas

Dietary supplements are becoming increasingly popular as therapies for symptom relief among menopause-age women in the United States. However, a large gap exists between research in the concomitant use of prescription medications and dietary supplements and provider preparedness to guide patient decision making. Many menopausal women take prescription medications, over the counter medications, and herbs and dietary supplements for climactic symptoms or other health conditions. With any drug, there is the potential for interactions.

Author(s): 
Gardiner, Paula
Stargrove, Mitchell Bebel
Dog, Tieraona Low
Publication Title: 
Maturitas

Dietary supplements are becoming increasingly popular as therapies for symptom relief among menopause-age women in the United States. However, a large gap exists between research in the concomitant use of prescription medications and dietary supplements and provider preparedness to guide patient decision making. Many menopausal women take prescription medications, over the counter medications, and herbs and dietary supplements for climactic symptoms or other health conditions. With any drug, there is the potential for interactions.

Author(s): 
Gardiner, Paula
Stargrove, Mitchell Bebel
Dog, Tieraona Low
Publication Title: 
Maturitas

Dietary supplements are becoming increasingly popular as therapies for symptom relief among menopause-age women in the United States. However, a large gap exists between research in the concomitant use of prescription medications and dietary supplements and provider preparedness to guide patient decision making. Many menopausal women take prescription medications, over the counter medications, and herbs and dietary supplements for climactic symptoms or other health conditions. With any drug, there is the potential for interactions.

Author(s): 
Gardiner, Paula
Stargrove, Mitchell Bebel
Dog, Tieraona Low
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of fall risk factors in older chiropractic patients. The secondary aim was to investigate the quality-of-life status of older chiropractic patients and to see whether a history of falling was related to quality-of-life status. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted at 12 chiropractic practices throughout Auckland, New Zealand, and Melbourne, Australia. The study involved gaining a profile of health status, fall history, and fall risk from active chiropractic patients who were 65 years or older.

Author(s): 
Holt, Kelly R.
Noone, Paul L.
Short, Krystal
Elley, C. Raina
Haavik, Heidi
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