Clinical News: Improving Warfarin Adherence in Elders
Today's Geriatric Medicine
Medication adherence is at problematic levels in the geriatric population, and lack of adherence to warfarin therapy is a significant issue. Failure to adhere to the medication guideline for warfarin results in life-threatening adverse events. According to Maloney and Kagan, older patients' adherence to neoplastic oral agents is improved by the patients' knowledge.1 Education is an essential component of medication compliance for geriatric patients on warfarin therapy. Therefore, using education as a tool to increase medication adherence in the geriatric population is imperative to patients' continued well-being. The implementation of a practice change—an individualized education program designed for warfarin patients—will not only improve patients' adherence but also decrease the likelihood of an adverse event occurring due to noncompliance.
Barriers, Geriatric, Medication Adherence, Elder Self-Neglect, Warfarin