Med Wise: Improving Older Adults’ Medication Use
Project Leaders: Betty Chewning, Professor & Director of Sonderegger Research Center, Social Science Div., School of Pharmacy; and Beth Martin, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy/Pharmacy Practice Div., School of Pharmacy
Duration: Two years
The health and economic toll of medication errors by older adults is well-documented with adverse drug events (ADEs) being a major cause of falls, morbidity, hospitalization and death. This toll will increase in Wisconsin as the population ages significantly in the next 10 years, particularly in rural counties. Poor communication and medication coordination problems associated with having multiple prescribers further increase the likelihood of ADEs. This proposal builds on the Chronic Care Model in which older adults themselves can be the key to successfully addressing this serious public health concern. This project, a partnership with the School of Pharmacy, the Community-Academic Research Network and statewide Aging and Disability Resource Centers, will fully implement a Med Wise educational program in at least eight state counties to train 24 individuals to provide ongoing training to improve older adults’ management of their medications and communication with pharmacists and thus reduce medication errors.