Despite guidelines, 14% are on three or more drugs that act on the brain and nervous system; families and providers should review prescriptions regularly.
Many take leftover doses from previous prescriptions, and expect new prescriptions for non-bacterial illness.
Comparison of opioid-sparing approach with standard care shows no difference in patient satisfaction, but less pain among those counseled to use opioids only as backup.
Poll shows only 29% of adults who take five or more prescription drugs have had a comprehensive medication review.
Screening, testing and treatment guidelines abound, but a new study could help pave the way for guidance about de-intensifying care in appropriate patients
Study in 38 Michigan hospitals shows need for faster in-hospital testing for coronavirus and other infections, which could reduce overuse of antibiotics.