Status: This project is complete

Adverse drug events and medication non-adherence in elderly persons is known to be high; however, what is not known is the frequency of medication mismanagement in elderly persons who are cognitively impaired, and feasible tools that could be used by a primary care practitioner to assess for adherence to prescribed medications in this at-risk population.

AHRQ medication use adverse events seniors dementiaResearch questions

This applied health research questions will address the following questions through a systematic review:

  1. What is the rate of medication non-adherence in ambulatory, home-dwelling persons with dementia?
  2. What practical tools can be used to assess medication non-adherence in ambulatory, home-dwelling persons with dementia?

Submitter: Gale Carey, Chief Executive Officer
Alzheimer Society Ontario

Project lead: Dr. Linda Lee, Centre for Family Medicine, McMaster University

Publications

Use of potentially inappropriate medications among ambulatory home-dwelling elderly patients with dementia: A review of the literatureFindings from this applied health research question have been published in the Canadian Pharmacists Journal

For more information, please contact Susan Dimitry, AHRQ administrator.