Medication review in the nursing home: Can stopping one drug make all the difference?
Frail older adults frequently receive care at different locations in the health care system. Prescribing by multiple providers can lead to polypharmacy arid an increased risk of adverse drug events. A case is presented of a frail older patient with heart failure, recently admitted to long-term care and enrolled in hospice, whose condition improved dramatically with the discontinuation of a single medication. This case illustrates the critical role of medication review at every point of transition in the health care system in order to provide high-quality care to frail elders.