Medication Use & Hospital Readmissions: A Study on Elders

May 09, 2018  01:00 PM  EST


Do the elderly represent a significant portion of your patients? Are you familiar with the medication classes that negatively affect them following hospital discharge? Lynn Borkenhagen, DNP, discusses her Journal for Nurse Practitioners research article Medication Use Leading to Hospital Readmissions in Elders, and covers the following objectives:

  • Describe components of an effective care transitions intervention for high risk elders following hospital discharge
  • Identify medication classes that affect 30 day hospital readmission rates
  • Identify practices that optimize drug therapy in elders

Population research is crucial to enhancing individual patient care. By increasing your understanding of risky medication practices for elders, you will ensure individualized care that is reflective of current research, best practices, and patient safety.

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