Special Issue "Improving Medication Safety and Effectiveness among Older People in Long-Term Care Settings"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2022.
Interests: pharmacoepidemiology; long-term care; residential aged care; pharmacy; medication safety
Interests: epidemiology; dementia; cardiovascular disease; long-term care
Residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs)—also known as nursing homes, care homes, or residential aged care facilities—are often exposed to polypharmacy and complex medication regimens. On admission to an LTCF, residents often receive care from a new medical practitioner. Most residents require assistance with medication administration from LTCF staff. These factors, together with resident characteristics such as older age, frailty, dementia, multimorbidity, and frequent care transitions, can place residents at greater risk of medication-related harm. Residents are often exposed to high-risk medications such as anticoagulants, hypoglycaemic medications, opioids and psychotropics. Ensuring that medications are used safely and effectively in older people, and reducing harm arising from high-risk medication use in LTCFs, is an international health priority area.
There is an urgent need to increase the evidence base relating to medication safety and effectiveness in LTCFs, and to develop strategies to enhance medication use in this under-researched setting. For this Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, we invite original research manuscripts, reviews and case reports that focus on understanding and improving medication safety and effectiveness in older residents of LTCFs. Drug utilisation studies, longitudinal studies, comparative effectiveness research and studies examining interventions to enhance medication use in LTCFs are welcomed. Research into facility-level variations in medication use, and quality use of medicines at end-of-life in LTCFs are also invited.
Dr. Janet K. Sluggett
Dr. Stephanie L. Harrison
Dr. Edwin C. K. Tan
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- geriatric pharmacoepidemiology
- long-term care
- nursing homes
- care transitions
- medication safety
- quality use of medicines
- high risk medications
- medication incidents
- medication-related harm
- quality improvement
- medication review