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Week 2: Polypharmacy Discussion No unread replies. No replies. Students will not receive credit for any discussions posted after Sunday 11:59pm MT. Polypharmacy is a common concern, especially in the elderly. List the definitions of polypharmacy you encounter in your readings. There is more than one. Discuss three risk factors that can lead to polypharmacy. Explain the rationale for why each listed item is a risk factor. This is different than adverse drug reactions. ADRs can be a result of polypharmacy, and is important, but ADRs are not a risk factor. Discuss three action steps that a provider can take to prevent polypharmacy. Provide an example of how your clinical preceptors have addressed polypharmacy. Dr. Burks and class, Definitions of polypharmacy: 1. Polypharmacy is the use of multiple pharmacies which may include providers and self- prescribers (Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2018). 2. Polypharmacy is the result of multiple providers and prescribers, adherence and cost, use of over-the-counter medications, and easily accessible herbals and supplements. Polypharmacy makes it a challenge for providers to prescribe medications to older adults (Terrery & Nicoteri, 2016). 3. Polypharmacy is the use of multiple medications by a single individual (Payne, 2016). Discuss 3 risk factors that can lead to polypharmacy:
1. Comorbidities lead to polypharmacy. The study by Maher, Hanlon, & Hajjar (2014) stated that polypharmacy is a medication count of five or more medications. Many

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