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Title: Pharmacist Intervention in Portuguese Older Adult Care
Authors: Rodrigues, Ana Rita
Teixeira-Lemos, Edite
Mascarenhas-Melo, Filipa 
Lemos, Luis Pedro das Neves Teixeira de 
Bell, Victoria 
Keywords: disease prevention; healthy ageing; medication management; older adults; pharmacists
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2022
Publisher: MDPI
Serial title, monograph or event: Healthcare
Volume: 10
Issue: 10
Abstract: Healthy ageing has become one of the most significant challenges in a society with an increasing life expectancy. Older adults have a greater prevalence of chronic disease, with the need for multiple medications to appropriately control these issues. In addition to their health concerns, ageing individuals are prone to loneliness, dependence, and economic issues, which may affect their quality of life. Governments and health professionals worldwide have developed various strategies to promote active and healthy ageing to improve the quality of life of older adults. Pharmacists are highly qualified health professionals, easily accessible to the population, thus playing a pivotal role in medication management. Their proximity to the patient puts them in a unique position to provide education and training to improve therapeutic adherence and identify medication-related problems. This paper aims to address the importance of Portuguese community pharmacists in the medication management of older adults, emphasising their intervention in health promotion, patient education, medication-related problems, deprescription, dose administration aids, and medication review and reconciliation. We also discuss home delivery services and medication management in long-term care facilities.
ISSN: 2227-9032
DOI: 10.3390/healthcare10101833
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CEIS20 - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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