Polypharmacy Interview And Client Teaching Plan 5
Many people in the US, particularly the elderly, take more than
one prescribed medication. CDC (2014) reported that between
2009 and 2012 nearly 48% of persons asked used at least one
prescription drug, 22% used three or more prescription drugs, and
nearly 11% used five or more.
In a recent study published by the Mayo Clinic, seven out of 10
Americans take at least one prescription drug. The most
commonly prescribed drug is antibiotics — taken by 17 percent of
Americans — followed by antidepressants and opioids — each
taken by 13 percent of Americans. In addition, findings showed
Even more staggering than the CDC findings, currently more than
half of Americans take two prescription medications, and 20
percent of Americans are on at least five prescription medications.
More women than men receive prescription medications.
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Antidepressant prescriptions are more common among women
than men, and are most common among women ages 50 to 64.
When people take multiple medications, there is a greater risk for
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Polypharmacy Interview And
Client Teaching Plan 5
confusion about which medications are taken, when they are
taken, and what they are being taken for. There is also a higher risk
for drug interactions and increased side effects and adverse
Sometimes because of the sheer number of medications being
prescribed, they may be forgotten, become too much of a bother,
or a financial burden which can significantly impact client
compliance and lead to poor health outcomes.
In this written assignment, you will be conducting an interview of
a client who is taking multiple prescribed medications (three or
more) and submitting a written paper describing the findings from
the interview. You will then develop a Client Teaching Plan. Your
instructor will assist you in the selection of the client. You must
achieve a “pass” in this assignment to satisfactorily fulfill the
requirements for the Pharmacology course