The report summarises the results of SBU’s systematic review of the literature concerning potential improvements to drug consumption among the elderly (from the patient’s perspective). The report does not address specific diseases or groups of drugs, nor does it compare the merits of different drug distribution systems.
Drug therapy is an important medical intervention that improves health and quality of life into old age. Nevertheless, such therapy among elderly patients calls for considerable improvement. As things stand today, drug-related problems cause many elderly to suffer unnecessarily and cost the community hundreds of millions of euros a year.