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Pharmacist-led medication reviews in aged care residents with dementia: a systematic review


McDerby, N and Kosari, S and Bail, K and Shield, A and Peterson, G and Naunton, M, Pharmacist-led medication reviews in aged care residents with dementia: a systematic review, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 39, (4) pp. e478-e489. ISSN 1440-6381 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajag.12827


Objectives: To evaluate outcomes associated with pharmacist-led medication reviews in residential aged care facility (RACF) residents with dementia.

Methods: Six scientific databases were searched. All study designs investigating pharmacist-led medication reviews in RACF residents with dementia were considered. The protocol was registered with PROSPERO (CRD42019121681).

Results: One randomised controlled trial (RCT) and five observational studies were identified. Two studies reported reductions in medication usage per resident, and one study reported improved appropriateness of psychotropic use following reviews as part of multi-faceted, collaborative interventions. In three studies, reviews undertaken as an isolated intervention or by a visiting pharmacist with minimal collaboration with physicians were associated with low implementation rates of recommendations to alter therapy.

Conclusion: Pharmacist-led medication reviews, when conducted collaboratively, may improve the use of medicines in RACF residents with dementia. However, robust conclusions cannot be drawn, largely due to the low quality of evidence available, including only one RCT.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pharmacist, aged care, dementia, nursing home, pharmacy, medication
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Peterson, G (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:140280
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2020-08-05
Last Modified:2022-08-23

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