Aim: To investigate the impact of hospitalisation on the complexity of older patientsa?? medication regimens; and to determine whether discharge medication regimens could be simplified. Method: Medication Regimen Complexity Index (MRCI) scores were calculated on admission and discharge for 186 consecutive patients (mean age 80 years) discharged from 2 acute general medicine and 2 subacute aged care wards. A random sample of 40 discharge medication regimens were retrospectively simplified by clinical pharmacists and proposed changes reviewed by a clinical pharmacologist to determine feasibility of the changes and likelihood of equivalent therapeutic outcomes.
|Pages (from-to)||21 - 25|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
Elliott, R., & O'Callaghan, C. (2011). Impact of hospitalisation on the complexity of older patients' medication regimens and potential for regimen simplification. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 41(1), 21 - 25.