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Gerontology. 2015;61(1):32-40. doi: 10.1159/000363765. Epub 2014 Sep 30.

Care transitions: a leverage point for safe and effective medication use in older adults--a mini-review.

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Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Nashville, Tenn., USA.

Abstract

Older adults often face challenges as they transition out of the acute care hospital, especially with regard to adhering to their medications. In this narrative review, we discuss medication adherence in older adults across the continuum of care, describing reasons for nonadherence, methods to assess adherence and tools to improve adherence, with particular focus on emerging techniques and technologies. Taking steps at care transitions to assess medications and foster adherence to the medication regimen can increase the safety of older adults following hospitalization.

PMID:
25277280
PMCID:
PMC4479140
DOI:
10.1159/000363765
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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