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Many nursing home residents may be getting inappropriate medication

Little has been known to date about the quality of drug provision in Swiss nursing homes. Helsana's 2017 Drug Report shows that many nursing home residents may be getting inappropriate medication.‚Äč

Little has been known to date about the quality of drug provision in Swiss nursing homes. Helsana's 2017 Drug Report shows that many nursing home residents are being given potentially inappropriate medication. In most cases, the damage caused by these unsuitable drugs is unwanted and avoidable. Action is therefore required, with the emphasis on members of the medical community. However, it can be difficult to improve the situation because of the frequent lack of coordination in patient care. The research literature in this field recommends a variety of tried-and-tested ways in which medication can be administered more effectively.

One of these is the successful “Assistance pharmaceutique” scheme in French-speaking Switzerland, in which nursing homes are served by a dedicated pharmacist. When the home’s doctors, pharmacist and carers work together well, the quality of care improves and health insurers – and those who pay their premiums – save money.

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