Fillers A memorable patient

Polypharmacy remains an issue in elderly patients

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7401.1251 (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1251
  1. Becky Hirst, specialist registrar in palliative medicine

    She had metastatic adenocarcinoma of unknown origin and was admitted to the hospice for rehabilitation. She had taken to her bed in a darkened room some weeks previously, and had no interest in anything. The consultant discussed antidepressants with her, but she was reluctant, partly because she had coped with a number of traumatic events in her life previously without needing them, and also because she didn't feel she was depressed. “I want …

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