Medication Optimisation in Older People

Emma L. Smith*, Ian Maidment

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputChapter


The population of the UK and many countries worldwide is ageing. Older people tend to suffer from more diseases and therefore take more medication. This is in addition to other factors, such as physical and mental frailty, which can make medication optimisation more challenging in older people. This chapter introduces some of the key challenges associated with optimising medications for older people. It explores key social and clinical areas in older people and how this relates to medication optimisation including areas such as evidence-based prescribing, frailty, dementia, polypharmacy, deprescribing and swallowing difficulties. Ultimately, it aims to encourage person-centred care when optimising medications in the older person.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPharmaceutical Formulations for Older Patients
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783031358111
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameAAPS Advances in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Series
ISSN (Print)2210-7371
ISSN (Electronic)2210-738X


  • Caregivers
  • Dementia
  • Frailty
  • Medicines optimisation
  • Person-centred care


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