1 Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark2 Det Nordiske Cochrane Center, Cochranecenteret Rigshospitalet, Rigshospitalet, The Capital Region of Denmark3 Endokrinologisk Afdeling I, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark
Pharmacotherapy in the elderly population is complicated by several factors that increase the risk of drug related harms and poorer adherence. The concept of medication review is a key element in improving the quality of prescribing and the prevention of adverse drug events. While no generally accepted definition of medication review exists, it can be defined as a systematic assessment of the pharmacotherapy of an individual patient that aims to evaluate and optimise patient medication by a change (or not) in prescription, either by a recommendation or by a direct change. Medication review performed in adult hospitalised patients may lead to better patient outcomes.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013, Vol 2