Article

Frailty and the Risk of Polypharmacy in the Older Person: Enabling and Preventative Approaches

Citation

Nwadiugwu MC (2020) Frailty and the Risk of Polypharmacy in the Older Person: Enabling and Preventative Approaches. Journal of Aging Research, 2020, Art. No.: 6759521. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/6759521

Abstract
Frail older people have an inherent risk of polypharmacy due to the need to treat multiple comorbidities, thus leading to various negative effects on their health due to the adverse actions from the drugs. This issue was discussed from a person-centered perspective, highlighting the category of frail older adults who are at a higher risk. Appropriate medication reconciliation in this population with useful prescribing tools (Beers and START/STOPP criteria) to minimize polypharmacy and to provide alternative prescriptive intervention could go alongside primary care to reduce the extent of frailty and polypharmacy. Reducing delayed referrals and extended hospitalization with electronic health record systems and using the signs of frailty from the Electronic Frailty Index (EFI) to predict polypharmacy for frail older persons are preventative approaches that proactively respond to frailty associated with the risk of polypharmacy.

Keywords
Geriatrics and Gerontology

Journal
Journal of Aging Research: Volume 2020

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Stirling
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online29/06/2020
Date accepted by journal08/06/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31367
PublisherHindawi Limited
ISSN2090-2204
eISSN2090-2212