Iatrogenesis in the elderly. Drug-related problems
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Gerontol Nurs
Journal of gerontological nursing
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.
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.