Title

Iatrogenesis in the elderly. Drug-related problems

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

9-1-1991

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Gerontol Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of gerontological nursing

PubMed ID

1880347

Start Page

12

End Page

17

Abstract

Drug reactions are generally related to the influence of age, toxicity, side effects, immunologic reactions, idiosyncratic reactions, drug-drug interactions, and drug-disease interactions. In addition to age-related changes, the elderly are susceptible to the incidence of adverse drug reactions because of polypharmacy, incorrect self-administration of drugs, omission of drugs, taking another's prescriptions, use of over-the-counter drugs, and medication errors by health-care personnel. To prevent or predict adverse drug reactions, the gerontologic nurse can obtain thorough drug histories, educate clients and health-care providers, use nursing measures to alleviate symptoms, and be astute for the potential for problems through drug review.

Keywords

Aged, Drug Hypersensitivity/etiology/nursing, Drug Incompatibility, Drug Interactions, Drug Therapy/adverse effects, Geriatric Nursing, Humans, Iatrogenic Disease

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal of gerontological nursing, 17:9 (1991) pp.12-17.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/430