Polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use in patients with dementia: An under researched problem.

In this narrative review Parsons (2017) examined the literature related to potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) among people with dementia. The paper documents the increasing number of tools developed for the assessment of appropriate medication among older people but the current dearth of tools for the same assessment among people with dementia. The very limited work related to dementia has primarily focused on those with advanced dementia, but recently a number of studies have considered medication use among people with mild to moderate dementia and across the disease spectrum. The paper details research related to specific drug classes: anti cholinergic medications, psychotropics, antibiotics and analgesics. The literature evidences high levels of PIP across disease severity, setting and country of care. The authors conclude that people with dementia are at risk of sub optimal prescribing and potentially inappropriate prescribing.
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Polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use in patients with dementia: An under researched problem.
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2017
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Parsons, C., 2017. Polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use in patients with dementia: an underresearched problem. Therapeutic advances in drug safety, 8(1), pp.31-46.