MinervaBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7575.978 (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:978
It's easy to start drug treatment for an elderly patient, but somehow much more difficult to stop it. As a result, many old people are taking multiple medicines. Dependency and cognitive impairment diminish elderly people's capacity to report symptoms that might be due to adverse effects of drugs or drug interactions. A randomised controlled trial of a review of medication by a pharmacist versus usual general practitioner care found that although the intervention resulted in substantial changes in medication, the number of drugs remained the same. The biggest benefit to the patients was that their risk of falling was reduced (Age Ageing 2006;35: 586-91).