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Understanding, investigating and addressing polypharmacy in residential aged care facilities

posted on 16.03.2019, 07:52 by NATALI JOKANOVIC
Polypharmacy is common in older people, contributing to medication errors, hospitalisations and mortality. This thesis explores Australian and international data to understand, investigate and address polypharmacy in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). It identifies a high and variable prevalence of polypharmacy, medication classes that contribute to polypharmacy, and explores a potential link between polypharmacy and medication errors resulting in deaths. This thesis also examines cardiovascular medication use over time, identifying more conservative prescribing in Finnish residents with dementia and coronary heart disease. Findings from this thesis contribute to a better understanding of polypharmacy, required for the development of interventions to address increasing polypharmacy in RACFs.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Simon Bell

Additional supervisor 1

Edwin CK Tan

Additional supervisor 2

Michael J Dooley

Additional supervisor 3

Carl M Kirkpatrick

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS)


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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