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Drug Therapy for the Elderly

Editors: Wehling, Martin (Ed.)

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With people aged 65 years and older currently making up the fastest growing age group throughout the world, the demographic revolution of an aging society will inevitably lead to increased pressure to develop a rationalistic and age-tailored process of diagnosis and treatment among the elderly. As aging people often suffer from several chronic diseases and are being treated with multiple medications concurrently, unwanted drug interactions occur more frequently.

Whereas recent approaches have recommended to remove particular drugs from the medication regimen to avoid adverse effects, Drug Therapy for the Elderly underlines both indispensable and dispensable elements of drug treatment in order to provide an overall assessment of drugs suitable for the aged. In view of the multimorbidity and polypharmacy situations experienced by elderly patients, this book takes into account the special needs and requirements shown by this group, thus serving as a timely reference for physicians who treat the elderly.  

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“This book explores the issues specific to prescribing medications to the elderly. … This book does require some basic understanding of physiology, but it is fascinating reading for clinicians with that basic understanding. … It does a very impressive job of covering what happens in aging. … This is a most interesting book. It has tremendous value in academic settings with medical students, social workers, nurses, etc., as it is one of the more complete books on the subject of therapies for the elderly.” (Vincent F. Carr, Doody’s Review Service, January, 2013)


Table of contents (27 chapters)

Table of contents (27 chapters)
  • Heterogeneity and Vulnerability of Older Patients

    Pages 3-9

    Burkhardt, Heinrich

  • Epidemiologic Aspects

    Pages 11-19

    Burkhardt, Heinrich

  • Age-Associated General Pharmacological Aspects

    Pages 21-34

    Wehling, Martin

  • Critical Extrapolation of Guidelines and Study Results: Risk-Benefit Assessment for Patients with Reduced Life Expectancy and a New Classification of Drugs According to Their Fitness for the Aged

    Pages 35-42

    Wehling, Martin

  • Inappropriate Medication Use and Medication Errors in the Elderly

    Pages 43-50

    Marcum, Zachary A. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Drug Therapy for the Elderly
Editors
  • Martin Wehling
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Wien
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Wien
eBook ISBN
978-3-7091-0912-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-7091-0912-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7091-0911-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 356
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
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