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Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.)
Donald Y. Shirachi
First Committee Member
Judith K. Jones
Second Committee Member
Marvin H. Malone
Third Committee Member
William J. Christopherson[?], Jr.
Fourth Committee Member
Arthur O. Stone
Elderly people, or those over 65 years of age, are known to comprise 10% of the United States population today and are projected to reach nearly 12% by the year 2000. Further, 5% of this population is reported to be institutionalized resulting in approximately 1.1 million chronic care patients or 0.5% of the population. The use of drugs in this population comprises approximately 25% of the prescription drug market in the United States which is directly related to the greater occurrence of pathological problems associated with the aging process. While it is evident that the beneficial outcome of drug therapies is partially related to the increased longevity observed in these elderly people, this population is also well-known to be the most prone to adverse drug reactions. Factors complicating drug use in the elderly include high usage, chronic therapy, long-term hospitalization, inappropriate and multiple prescribing of drugs, inadequate monitoring of adverse drug effects, susceptibility to physical deterioration and senility.
Therefore, the objective of this project is to test the hypothesis that the quality and cost of drug therapy in SNF patients can be significantly improved by implementing measures to improve the utilization of drugs.
Elzarian, Edward James. (1978). Drug prescribing and administration changes in hospitalized geriatric patients : analysis of three drug utilization review programs. University of the Pacific, Thesis. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/1970
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