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By Terry Fulmer | Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019
Medication overload (also known as polypharmacy) is a serious problem among older adults. It’s getting new attention as efforts to make health care more “age-friendly” spread around the US.


Tag(s): Age-Friendly Health Systems, Medication Safety, Medication Reconciliation, Geriatrics, Patient Safety, Patient- and Family-Centered Care, Quality Improvement
By IHI Multimedia Team | Friday, Nov 30, 2018
An elderly woman's quality of life vastly improves after she goes home from the hospital after being told she may have only days to live. What made the difference? Use of pressure ulcer prevention and medication safety bundles helped give her a new lease on life.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Pressure Ulcers, Bundles, Medication Safety, Medication Reconciliation, Home Care, End-of-Life Care, Europe
By Joshua Eng | Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018
Deprescribing means reducing or stopping medications that may no longer benefit a patient. It’s a practice that can address the challenges of polypharmacy, but health care providers don’t always take the time necessary to explain the concept or its benefits to patients.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Medication Safety, Medication Reconciliation, Patient & Family Centered Care
By Leslie Pelton | Monday, Sep 10, 2018
Health care organizations want to address the national opioid crisis, but they don't always know where to begin. One health care system found that careful and compassionate deprescribing could reduce opioid use while also effectively addressing patients' pain.


Tag(s): Behavioral Health, Adverse Drug Event (ADE), Cost Containment and Reduction, Triple Aim for Populations, Medication Safety, Medication Reconciliation, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Substance Use Disorder
By IHI Multimedia Team | Friday, Aug 17, 2018
Community pharmacists possess an untapped potential for ensuring medication safety in the home, but their involvement is generally limited in most communities.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Medication Reconciliation, Medication Safety, Adverse Drug Event (ADE), Home Care
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