Alyson Huntley is a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Centre of Academic Primary Care. She has recently published a systematic review of pharmacist-led interventions to reduce unplanned admissions for older people.
The expansion of the pharmacist’s role as a contributor to patient’s health has been championed over the last couple of decades. In addition to their traditional role, pharmacists contribute to the care of people with long term conditions by carrying out medication reviews, promoting healthy lifestyles, and supporting self-care.
The older people become, the more medications they are likely to be taking (both prescribed drugs and self-medication) leading to an increased risk of adverse reactions, interaction between drugs and poor adherence. Continue reading