Polypharmacy and the Older Adult

Polypharmacy and the Older Adult

Polypharmacy and the Older Adult

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In the article by Kovacevic et al. (2014), the authors described the use of the STOPP/START criteria to identify whether patients were over-prescribed or under-prescribed medications.

Polypharmacy and the Older Adult

For this assignment, you will take the perspective of a home health nurse providing care for an individual living with a chronic disease (diabetes, hypertension, COPD, or depression). Using the STOPP/START criteria, determine which medications your older adult patient should be prescribed, and what medications are to be avoided. As a nurse advocate, what would your role be if you discovered that your patient has contraindications to prescribed medications? What are the ethical issues related to this situation?


The paper will be 3-4 double-spaced pages excluding title page and references. References should be a minimum of three (3) peer-reviewed journals not included in your assigned readings. The paper must be grammatically correct and use APA (6th ed.) style and formatting.

Kovacevic, V. S., Simisic, M., Rudinski, S. S., Culafic, M., Vucivevic, K., Prostran, M., & Miljkovic, B. (2014). Potentially inappropriate prescribing in older primary care patients. PLoS ONE, 9(4), e99536. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095536

I do not care which chronic disease, you choose COPD, Depression, Hypertension or Diabetes


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