Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Evidence-Based Guideline 

Improving Medication Management for Older Adult Clients

Brenda Bergman-Evans, PhD, APRN, BC; Susan Adams, MSN, RN; Marita G. Titler, PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

EXCERPT

At no time in history have so many effective therapeutic agents been available to treat the chronic disorders that often accompany advancing age. However, the plethora of medications is often a “double edge sword.” Instead of medications being a cure, frequently they cause problems. Managing the medications for older adult clients is truly a challenge for all health professionals. By focusing on a quality plan of care and effective communication, improved clinical benefits are within reach (Balkrishnan, 1998; Carbonin, Pahor, Bernabei, & Sgadari, 1991).

Abstract

EXCERPT

At no time in history have so many effective therapeutic agents been available to treat the chronic disorders that often accompany advancing age. However, the plethora of medications is often a “double edge sword.” Instead of medications being a cure, frequently they cause problems. Managing the medications for older adult clients is truly a challenge for all health professionals. By focusing on a quality plan of care and effective communication, improved clinical benefits are within reach (Balkrishnan, 1998; Carbonin, Pahor, Bernabei, & Sgadari, 1991).

Authors

Dr. Bergman-Evans is Coordinator, Skilled Nursing Home Network, Alegent Health Home Care and Hospice, Omaha, Nebraska. Ms. Adams is Project Director, Research Translation and Dissemination Core, Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, and doctoral student, University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Titler is Director, Research, Quality and Outcomes Management, Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Director, Research Translation and Dissemination Core, Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa.

Address correspondence to Marita G. Titler, PhD, RN, FAAN, The University of Iowa Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, Research Dissemination Care, 4118 Westlawn, Iowa City, IA 52242.

10.3928/00989134-20060701-02

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