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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149314
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Multiple Medication Taking by Elders: Wellness Assessment
Abstract:
Multiple Medication Taking by Elders: Wellness Assessment
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Ali, Nagia, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Ball State University
Title:Associate Professor
Multiple medication-taking issues have assumed greater significance in our contemporary society for different reasons: the aging of the US population and the corresponding growth polypharmacy, the increasing availability of over-the counter drugs (including several that were previously only by prescription) and the rising use of herbs. People over the ages of 65 make up 13% of the US population, but they account for 34% of all medications prescriptions dispensed and 42% of healthcare dollars spent on prescription medications. Despite these numbers, many studies have found that only 50% - 60% of patients consume their medications for chronic diseases as prescribed. In addition, up to 25% of older adults are seen or admitted to hospitals due to adverse drug reactions. The Ball State University’s Wellness Model recognizes wellness as a continuous process of self-enhancement and balancing the multidimensional aspects of health. The ultimate goal of wellness behaviors is promoting quality of life. Approaching the problem of multiple medications taking by elders from a wellness perspective might identify strategies that can be used by nurses to help reduce the dire consequences of this issue and promote quality life for elders. The purpose of this study was to apply the wellness assessment conceptualization in assessment of the problem of multiple medication taking by elders. Three research questions were used: 1) what are you doing well about handling multiple medication? 2) What do you want to change about handling multiple medications? And 3) How will these changes affect you? A structured interview format was used in this qualitative study. Taking notes and a tape recorder were the methods used to collect data. Thirty participants, 12 men and 18 women comprised the sample of the study. The sample was drawn from a senior citizen center, a church, and residents of the local area. The mean age was 71.7 and the mean years of schooling completed was 10.6 years. Seven participants lived alone and 23 lived with other people. The mean number of prescription medications taken was 7.3 and it was 3.6 for over-the-counter medications. Results related to the three research questions were very interesting and will be presented. Conclusions and recommendations will also be presented.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMultiple Medication Taking by Elders: Wellness Assessmenten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149314-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Multiple Medication Taking by Elders: Wellness Assessment</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Ali, Nagia, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Ball State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">nali@bsu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Multiple medication-taking issues have assumed greater significance in our contemporary society for different reasons: the aging of the US population and the corresponding growth polypharmacy, the increasing availability of over-the counter drugs (including several that were previously only by prescription) and the rising use of herbs. People over the ages of 65 make up 13% of the US population, but they account for 34% of all medications prescriptions dispensed and 42% of healthcare dollars spent on prescription medications. Despite these numbers, many studies have found that only 50% - 60% of patients consume their medications for chronic diseases as prescribed. In addition, up to 25% of older adults are seen or admitted to hospitals due to adverse drug reactions. The Ball State University&rsquo;s Wellness Model recognizes wellness as a continuous process of self-enhancement and balancing the multidimensional aspects of health. The ultimate goal of wellness behaviors is promoting quality of life. Approaching the problem of multiple medications taking by elders from a wellness perspective might identify strategies that can be used by nurses to help reduce the dire consequences of this issue and promote quality life for elders. The purpose of this study was to apply the wellness assessment conceptualization in assessment of the problem of multiple medication taking by elders. Three research questions were used: 1) what are you doing well about handling multiple medication? 2) What do you want to change about handling multiple medications? And 3) How will these changes affect you? A structured interview format was used in this qualitative study. Taking notes and a tape recorder were the methods used to collect data. Thirty participants, 12 men and 18 women comprised the sample of the study. The sample was drawn from a senior citizen center, a church, and residents of the local area. The mean age was 71.7 and the mean years of schooling completed was 10.6 years. Seven participants lived alone and 23 lived with other people. The mean number of prescription medications taken was 7.3 and it was 3.6 for over-the-counter medications. Results related to the three research questions were very interesting and will be presented. Conclusions and recommendations will also be presented.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:59:59Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:59:59Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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