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Mental health
Guiding family carers on medication management when a person with dementia is discharged from hospital
  1. Karen Harrison-Dening
  1. Research and Publications, Dementia UK, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karen Harrison-Dening, Research & Publications, Dementia UK, London EC5 1RE, UK; Karen.Harrison-Dening{at}

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Commentary on: Sawan MJ, Wennekers D, Sakiris M, Gnjidic D. Interventions at hospital discharge to guide caregivers in medication management for people living with dementia: a systematic review. J Gen Intern Med 2021;36,1371–1379. doi:10.1007/s11606-020-06442-5

Implications for practice and research

  • Guidance to family carers on medications can reduce hospital readmissions of the person with dementia.

  • Medication management should be provided as part of a case-management approach.

  • More research is needed on the impact and outcomes of medication management interventions for both patients and family carers.


People with dementia (PWD) experience frequent hospital admissions, especially in the last year of life and also have longer stays when compared with older PWD.1 PWD often experience multiple morbidities and thus are prescribed multiple medications which exposes them to an increased risk of both …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.