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Managing Multiple Prescriptions
Friday, March 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze
 

A recent Canandian Insititute for Health Information study found that most Canadian seniors take at least five drugs. According to the University of Chicago, the average American senior fills 22 prescriptions per year. Multiple doctors, specialists, and caregivers can add to the confusion over when and how to take medication.

Dr. Paula Rochon, a geriatrician and vice-president of research for Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, said “I think in general older people tend to take probably about three times as many medications as younger people do. And that’s often because they have chronic medical conditions that need to be treated.”

A PHR can be the first step in organizing and managing medication, whether you take two or twenty prescriptions. In addition, customized PHRs allow family members, physicians, or emergency personnel to step in and understand your medication schedule without missing a beat.

Read more on the Canadian Institute for Health Information study, or learn how to start your own PHR to manage medication and more.


Tags   healthinformation, emergency, medication, caregivers, seniors


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PHRs are still fairly new to the healthcare system, and we understand that as healthcare consumers, you have questions about the benefits and risks of keeping a PHR. For this reason, we provide a communication forum – the Seniors’ Blog – to connect you with health information management professionals for tips and advice on creating and maintaining your own PHR. This section of myPHR.com also provides resources and educational material about PHRs to answer some of your questions and help you determine if a PHR is right for you.

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Marsha Dolan, Valerie Watzlaf, Cindy Boester, Heidi Shaffer, Julie Wolter, Margaret Hennings, Colleen Goethals, Vera Rulon, Leah Grebner, Robert Caban, Mynilma Olivera-Vazquez, Amanda Bushey, Margie Kelly, Donna DuLong, Sarah Dietze, Valisha McFarlane, Maria Kovell, Ted Eytan, Leann Reynolds, Laura Heuer, Kristin Stewart, Derek Allen, Chris Matthies, Margo Corbett, Craig Newmark, Sarah Buelterman, Skyler Tanner, Aniruddha Malpani, Joan Malling, Marilyn McFarlane, Megan Rooney, Patrick Rhone, Dr. Carrie Nelson, Maria Bouselli, Erin Jordan

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