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Compliance to Treatment in Elderly Dysphagic Patients: Potential Benefits of Alternate Dosage Forms

Author(s):  Bramwell Bethany L

Issue:  Nov/Dec 2009 - Geriatric Compounding
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Abstract:  Dysphagia in elderly patients significantly impacts nutrition, pharmacotherapy, and quality of life. Dysphagic patients, especially those with contributing degenerative neurological disorders, present unique challenges to their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Pharmacists have a key role in proactively inquiring about dysphagia, ensuring safety, increasing compliance, and ultimately improving clinical outcomes through medication regimen assessment in this rapidly growing patient population.

Related Keywords: Bethany L. Bramwell, BS Pharm, RPh, aging, swallowing disorders, dysphagia, degenerative neurological disorders, alternative dosage forms, thickened fluids, thickeners, disintegrating tablets, transdermal delivery, topical preparations, formulations

Related Categories: EAR NOSE THROAT, EXCIPIENTS, FORMULATIONS, GERIATRICS, NUTRITION AND NUTRICEUTICALS, NEUROLOGY

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