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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored guide, mostly by Australian authors, to medications for older adults.
Purpose: Its purpose is to review the wide variety of settings and contexts in which medications are given to and taken by older persons. This is a worthy objective and the book comes at issues of medication in older persons from a number of perspectives.
Audience: The audience here is broad — pharmacists, nurses, prescribers, and policy makers. The authors bring a wide range of knowledge to bear on the subject.
Features: In 12 chapters over 127 pages, the book concisely discusses the use of medications from a variety of perspectives. These include social policies, ethics, electronic medical records and electronic prescriptions, medication errors, and the impact of medications on nutrition.
Assessment: There is an interesting pyramid-shaped representation of the interfaces of the pharmaceutical manufacturers, prescribers, consumers, and regulators. There are a number of tables describing errors in giving medications to older persons and what to do about them. There is a useful diagram of adverse drug actions in older persons. This book discusses these things philosophically, making them applicable to a wide variety of settings.