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Care of the older person
Involving community healthcare professionals and empowering older adults and their informal carers may improve medication management following hospital discharge
  1. Carmel Hughes
  1. School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carmel Hughes, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Belfast, UK;{at}

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Commentary on: Pereira F, Bieri M, Del Rio Carral M, Martins MM, Verloo H. Collaborative medication management for older adults after hospital discharge: a qualitative descriptive study. BMC Nurs. 2022 Oct 24;21(1):284. doi: 10.1186/s12912-022-01061-3.

Implications for practice and research

  • Designating a community-based healthcare provider to coordinate medicines, and empowering older people and their informal caregivers may help address issues about medications at the point of hospital discharge.

  • Research investigating how a collaborative medication management system can be implemented should contribute to the evidence for improving communication and coordination.


Medications are the most widely used intervention, particularly in older people, in the management and treatment of disease.1 Prescribing in this population can be challenging, because of the high numbers of medicines being prescribed (referred to as polypharmacy) and the risk of medicine-related adverse events. However, further challenges may arise when older people are …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.