Recent Literature on Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events in Older Adults.


Journal Article (Review)

Medication errors and adverse drug events are common in older adults, but locating literature addressing these issues is often challenging. The objective of this article is to summarize recent studies addressing medication errors and adverse drug events in a single location to improve accessibility for individuals working with older adults. A comprehensive literature search for studies published in 2014 was conducted, and 51 potential articles were identified. After critical review, 17 studies were selected for inclusion based on innovation; rigorous observational or experimental study designs; and use of reliable, valid measures. Four articles characterizing potentially inappropriate prescribing and interventions to optimize medication regimens were annotated and critiqued in detail. The authors hope that health policy-makers and clinicians find this information helpful in improving the quality of care for older adults.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Naples, JG; Hanlon, JT; Schmader, KE; Semla, TP

Published Date

  • February 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 64 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 401 - 408

PubMed ID

  • 26804210

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26804210

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-5415

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jgs.13922


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States