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Managing medication . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2363 (Published 06 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2363

Medication reviews

Because doctors find it easier to start a new drug than to stop an old one, many patients end up taking a long list of prescribed medicines. Medication reviews, especially if they involve patients and take account of their preferences, ought to help. However, a randomised trial in people over 70 who were taking more than six long term medications suggests that the benefit is disappointingly small (PLoS Med doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002798). Reviews decreased the number of prescribed drugs, improved health related quality of life according to one scale (although not according to another), but …

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