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June 25, 2003

Adverse Drug Effects in Ambulatory Elderly Patients

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(24):3238. doi:10.1001/jama.289.24.3238-a

In Reply: In response to Dr Palmer, improving the safety of medication use in elderly persons is our primary concern. This requires the identification of failures in the design of systems of care that contribute to medical errors. Our study identified many errors in prescribing, monitoring, and patient adherence that placed older patients at increased risk of drug-related injury. The ultimate purpose of our research is to inform the development and testing of interventions designed to reduce the risk of preventable adverse drug events in this particular population.

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