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Medication in Review


Breathlessness is a cardinal symptom for cardiorespiratory diseases, leading to a cycle of physical deconditioning, anxiety and depression. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions can reduce stress and improve quality of life. …

While effective treatment is available, osteoporosis remains undertreated. Pharmacists are well placed to identify patients at high risk of osteoporosis and fracture using validated risk assessment tools, and optimise their …

Chronic cough is a common and distressing symptom among older people living in the community and in residential aged care. Pharmacists conducting comprehensive medication reviews have an opportunity to identify …

Frailty is common in patients with COPD and is associated with poorer health outcomes, hospital admissions and failure to complete pulmonary rehabilitation. Early recognition of frailty in the natural course …

Medication reviews are an opportunity for pharmacists to assess a person’s asthma control and inhaler device technique in the privacy of their home and integrate shared decision making for optimal …

Frail older people are vulnerable to minimal stress that can lead to functional impairment and adverse health outcomes. Pharmacists conducting medication reviews need to screen for frailty and consider the …

Patients with complex medication regimens show poor adherence to therapy so it stands to reason that reducing medicines complexity has been shown to improve adherence. Simplification of complex medication regimens …

Medication reconciliation is a critical activity to identify any unintended medication discrepancies at transitions of care and optimise patient medication safety. By Debbie Rigby, advanced practice pharmacist Learning objectives After …

The current focus on inappropriate use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines for residents in aged care facilities should drive accredited pharmacists to understand and implement effective strategies to optimise use of …

Discontinuation of antihypertensives has been shown to be safe and should be considered in frail older people. Patient preference plays a crucial factor when deprescribing and should be actively taken …

Pharmacists have a key role in ensuring safe and quality use of medicines. Consideration of patient goals and preferences, together with the best available clinical evidence, should play a central …

This article describes the treatment options for menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) and looks at the recent evidence about of the risks and benefits of MHT so that pharmacists can make …