Clinical decision tool may cut improper meds’ use in older patients
Sep 18, 2023
A new clinical decision support (CDS) intervention tool developed by the Houston Methodist Hospital system was found to be effective in reducing potentially inappropriate medication use in older patients.
Ask the nursing expert … about medication lists
Sep 12, 2023
Q: On Oct. 1, the MDS starts collecting information regarding provision of the current reconciled medication list to subsequent providers or the resident. How should we prepare?
Dementia diagnosis offers missed opportunity to cut meds, study finds
Aug 22, 2023
Cardiometabolic and anticholinergic medications fell slightly when people were diagnosed with dementia, while drugs affecting the central nervous system (CNS) increased, according to a new study.
After falls, docs rarely change meds that could cause more, study finds
Aug 17, 2023
Doctors continue to give people medications that could raise their risk for falling if they’re already in the hospital for a fracture and have Parkinson’s disease, according to a new report.
Use of inappropriate medications totaled nearly 37 percent, global study finds
Aug 03, 2023
Older adults receiving outpatient services have an increased risk of using potentially inappropriate medications, according to an international study released Wednesday. Using these medications also has...
Drug reduction may be all the rage, but it shouldn’t be outrageous
Jul 10, 2023
In recent years, there has been much talk about drug reduction in nursing homes. We hear about “GDR meetings” and even a new verb, as in “We are ‘GDRing’ our residents’ medications.” ...
Opioid tapering can disrupt primary care bond, lead to more ED visits
Feb 08, 2023
Tapering opioids when patients are receiving long-term drug therapy may trigger a series of unintended consequences, a new study finds.
Shedding meds before post-acute stay is best fix for polypharmacy: study
Feb 07, 2023
Patients who start a deprescribing intervention before their post-acute care admission have fewer medications at discharge and at a 90-day follow-up than their peers with usual care, researchers report.
With education and a doc’s OK, most seniors agree to deprescribe unneeded meds: study
Jan 10, 2023
Seniors are willing to take their doctor’s advice to discontinue an unneeded medication after viewing an educational video, investigators say.
Antiepileptic drug prescriptions increasing in nursing homes: study
Nov 11, 2022
Clinicians appear to be relying on antiepileptics to address residents’ chronic pain and behavioral symptoms. Other drug prescriptions are meanwhile declining, MDS and Medicare data show.