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Need for supervision in the elderly receiving long-term prescribed medication
Author(s)S M Shaw, L J Opit
Journal titleBritish Medical Journal, vol 1, 28 February 1976
Pagespp 505-507
KeywordsDrugs ; General practice ; Patients ; Social surveys.
AnnotationMedication for 127 randomly selected patients aged over 70 in a large group practice was examined in relation to the available supervision for this treatment. About half of the patients were on long-term treatment, mainly drugs associated with heart disease, depression, or anxiety. Nineteen had no recorded contact with the family doctor for six months or longer, and examination by nurse surveillance suggested that three might be suffering from drug toxicity. It was concluded that reliance on self-referral by older patients was unsafe. (AKM).
Accession NumberCPA-930713020 A
ClassmarkLLD: L5: LF: 3F *

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