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Preventive Health Behaviors & Brown-Bag Medication Reviews

Pharmacists can use brown-bag medication reviews to promote preventive health behaviors among older adults, a study conducted at senior living communities shows. In Detroit, 85 older adults taking 5 or more medications participated, with 63 returning follow-up materials. The investigators report: “Participants’ mean age was 75.9 ± 8.5 years. Fifty-six older adults had 124 recommendations in preventive health in total (1–5/participant). Eleven participants had no recommendations. Sixty-three participants (74%) returned follow-up preventive health surveys. Twenty-three percent of recommendations were already implemented with 34% planned to be done in the future. Poisoning management knowledge increased for 13 participants, reporting they would call the poison control center. The program was well received, with participants reporting high satisfaction scores (4.8 ± 0.7 out of 5).”

Source: Early-online articles from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2022; 70).