Article

Multi-Morbidity in the Older Person: An Examination of Polypharmacy and Socioeconomic Status

Citation

Nwadiugwu MC (2021) Multi-Morbidity in the Older Person: An Examination of Polypharmacy and Socioeconomic Status. Frontiers in Public Health, 8, Art. No.: 582234. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.582234

Abstract
There has been increased focus on clinically managing multi-morbidity in the older population, but it can be challenging to find appropriate paradigm that addresses the socio-economic burden and risk for polypharmacy. The Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) has examined the need for institutional change and the parallel need to address the social causes of poor health. This study explored three potential interventions namely, meaningful information from electronic health records (EHR), social prescribing, and redistributive welfare policies from a person-centered perspective using the CARE (connecting, assessing, responding, and empowering) approach. Economic instruments that immediately redistribute state welfare and reduce income disparity such as direct taxation and conditional cash transfers could be adopted to enable older people with long-term conditions have access to healthcare services. Decreased socioeconomic inequality and unorthodox prescriptive interventions that reduce polypharmacy could mitigate barriers to effectively manage the complexities of multi-morbidity.

Keywords
polypharmacy; multi-morbidity; socioeconomic status; older adult; person-centred care; care approach

Journal
Frontiers in Public Health: Volume 8

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online18/01/2021
Date accepted by journal18/11/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32271
PublisherFrontiers Media SA
eISSN2296-2565