Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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.
Gurwitz JH, Field TS. Adverse Drug Effects in Ambulatory Elderly Patients. JAMA. 2003;289(24):3238. doi:10.1001/jama.289.24.3238-a