Polypharmacy remains an issue in elderly patientsBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7401.1251 (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1251
- 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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