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Medicines and elderly people
 — a general practice survey
Author(s)Ronald Law, Colin Chalmers
Journal titleBritish Medical Journal, vol 1, 6 March 1976
Pagespp 565-68
KeywordsDrugs ; Patients ; General practice ; Social surveys.
AnnotationThis study, based on home visits made in 1973-74, examined the health needs of people aged 75 years and over, including the taking of prescribed and purchased medicines, drug hoarding, and general practice drug recording. Findings showed that 87% were on regular treatment, of which 34% were taking three or four different medicines each day. Most were responsible for their own drugs and managed them well, but many left their drugs in exposed places and were uncertain about how to dispose of unwanted medicines. Overall they were prescribed about three times the number of drugs prescribed for the general population and women took twice as many drugs regularly as men. (AKM).
Accession NumberCPA-930706052 A
ClassmarkLLD: LF: L5: 3F *

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