Polypharmacy complications compromising dementia medication management

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A team of researchers from Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) have released a study that identifies barriers, challenges and complexities hindering effective medication management for Australians who are living with dementia.

One of their findings indicated a potential complication from the context of polypharmacy (a concurrent usage of multiple medications) imposing complex, challenging processes for stakeholders including carers, general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists when helping to optimise medication use.

They also say that health professionals must collaborate and communicate on future interventions that focuses on training and evidence-based guidelines in prescribing and deprescribing treatments to manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

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