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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2006 May;24(2):449-65, viii.

Pharmacologic issues in geriatric emergency medicine.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Summa Health System, 41 Arch Street, Suite 518, Akron, OH 44304, USA. blandam@summa-health.org

Abstract

The challenge for the practitioner is to balance incomplete evidence about efficacy of medications in frail older people against the problems related to adverse drug reactions without denying people potentially valuable pharmacotherapeutic interventions. Prescribers need to be diligent in reviewing medications periodically as well as when new medications are being considered. Review of updated explicit criteria is essential to understand and prescribe appropriately in this special population.

PMID:
16584966
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2006.01.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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