Drug therapy in the elderly: improving quality and access

UMMS Affiliation

Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine



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Medical Subject Headings

*Aged; Clinical Trials as Topic; Drug Prescriptions; Drug Therapy; Drug Utilization; Health Education; *Health Services Accessibility; Humans; Patient Compliance; Pharmaceutical Preparations; United States


Health Services Research | Primary Care


As older adults represent an increasingly large proportion of the population, much attention has been focused on issues surrounding medication prescribing and utilization in the elderly. Whereas medication safety remains the paramount concern, access to essential drug therapies continues to elude increasing numbers of elderly persons. This article describes the challenges of improving the quality of medication prescribing for older persons and ensuring adequate access to medications in this growing population.

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Citation: Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2003 May;73(5):387-93.

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