Area de Salud de Plasencia

Plasencia de Jalón, Spain

Area de Salud de Plasencia

Plasencia de Jalón, Spain
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There are several formulas in the literature to define the concepts of polymedication and medication adjustment. This diversity of criterions makes it difficult to determine clearly what is one and another phenomenon, fact that limits there approach and study. Polymedication can be defined on the basis of quantitative or qualitative criteria. The first are the most used, although there seems to be no consensus on where to draw the limit at which we would be talking about polymedication. Regarding to the latter, they are based on the existence of appropriate or not appropriate medications, rather than on the final number of them. Therapeutic appropriateness would be defined as the process of choice of the patients' therapy where, by indicating, prescribing, dispensing, administrating and monitoring, the professional is able to achieve results that satisfy the conditions and circumstances of the patient and the whole community. In such a way, we could consider the following as an improper use of the medication: overdose, misuse and inappropriate use. It is known that the greater number of drugs taken, the greater the probability that one of them could be inadequate. Therefore, polymedication and inappropriate pharmacological could be considered both sides of the same token.

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