Polypharmacy and Medication Errors in Primary Care Practices among Chronic Elderly Patients in Gaza Strip

Abed, Abdelkarem (2011) Polypharmacy and Medication Errors in Primary Care Practices among Chronic Elderly Patients in Gaza Strip. Masters thesis, Al Azhar University Gaza.

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Abstract

The increasing number of elderly, and the increasing drug use among the elderly, emphasizes the need to continuously monitor drug utilization in this group. Chronic diseases are frequent among the older population, the rate of drug related problems and drug-drug interactions (DDIs) with the medical and financial consequences are enormous. The medical consequences are prominent in the elderly because of the age related changes in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. This thesis studies polypharmacy among chronic elderly patients in Gaza Strip as well as DDIs and its distribution among primary health care clinics in different areas, also this thesis aimed at identifying individuals particularly at risk of polypharmacy. The study employed a descriptive, analytical, cross sectional design. A retrospective sample of 360 prescriptions was taken from 6 PHC clinics from the different geographical areas. 60 prescriptions from each selected clinic were taken. Polypharmcy was defined as the concomitant use of 5 or more medications. It was relatively high in older patients. The consequences of polypharmacy include drug-drug interactions and adverse drug effects, non-compliance, drug-related hospital admissions and increased costs.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: أ. طارق زياد عبد حنونة
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 08:59
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 08:59
URI: http://scholar.alaqsa.edu.ps/id/eprint/2093

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