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TJFMPC. 2014; 8(1): 8-12

Multidrug use in the Elderly Patients with Multimorbidity: A Great Problem in Family Medicine

Süheyl Asma, Çiğdem Gereklioğlu, Aslı Pan Korur, Ahmet Ferit Erdoğan.

The elderly population is gradually increasing in our country and worldwide. Disease burden of the elderly population seems to arise from chronic diseases. Number of medications used daily also increases due to increasing multimorbidity and comorbidities. Multidrug use (polypharmacy) is a gradually increasing problem worldwide. Improper multidrug prescription and the habit of drug use increase drug-related morbidity and mortality risk. In addition, negative drug interactions and adverse effects of drugs lead to severe costs for social security agencies and insurance companies. Specialization makes polypharmacy management difficult. In our country, family physicians have had a great role in management of chronic diseases and arrangement of medications particularly after introduction of family medicine practice in primary care. One of the important role of family physicians is taking measures not only to prolong the life span but also quality of life of the patients. In this paper, it was aimed to emphasize that polypharmacy and its negative effects increase in the elderly and family physicians should be aware of this issue.

Key words: Multidrug use, Multimorbidity, Aging, Family Medicine

Article Language: Turkish English

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