Pharmacotherapy Considerations in Elderly Adults

James M. Wooten, PharmD


South Med J. 2012;105(8):437-445. 

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Compliance with the care that is recommended to a patient can be a constant battle and a complex issue of understanding, communication, language barriers, social and cultural issues, monetary problems, and so forth. These issues can be addressed, but only if patients and practitioners can communicate. Finding a way for all of the parties involved to communicate with one another is the key to reducing patient noncompliance.[1,2,4]

Poor compliance in elderly adults also may be a product of health literacy. Studies have shown that as health literacy declines in older people, mortality increases. Several issues related to health literacy affect older adults, including poor education, language barriers, and mental health issues (eg, dementia, agitation), and all of them must be considered to improve compliance.[1,35,36]