Summary NR 601 Week 1 Discussion Board – Polypharmacy
NR 601 Week 1 Discussion Board – Polypharmacy Polypharmacy is a common concern, especially in the elderly. • List the definitions of polypharmacy you encounter in your readings. There is more than one. o Polypharmacy, the use of multiple pharmacies (in this case providers and self- prescribers) is a public health concern. Multiple prescribers, use of over-the-counter medications, and readily available supplements are all challenges of prescribing for older adults ( Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2018). o Polypharmacy, multiple providers and prescribers, adherence and cost, use of over- the-counter medications, and readily available herbals and supplements are all the challenges of prescribing for older adults (Terrery & Nicoteri, 2016). o the use of multiple medicines, commonly referred to as polypharmacy is common in the older population with multimorbidity, as one or more medicines may be used to treat each condition (Masnoon, Skakib, & Caughey, 2017).