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Pharmaco-epistemology for the prescribing geriatrician
With the emphasis today on evidence-based prescribing, this excellent article helps the clinician caring for older adults to understand common mistakes that are made with interpretation and application of clinical trial evidence.
D. Le Couteur and H. Kendig. Australasian Journal on Ageing 2008; 27(1):3-7.

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Clinical pharmacology in the geriatric patient
This article by Sarah Hilmer and colleagues is a good overview of medication use in older adults.
Hilmer SN, McLachlan AJ, Le Couteur DG. Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology 2007;21(3):217-230.

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Appropriate prescribing in elderly people
Spinewine A, Schmader KE, Barber N, Hughes C, Lapane K, Swine C, Hanlon JT.
Appropriate prescribing in elderly people: How can it be measured and optimized?  Lancet 2007;370:173-184.

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Pharmaceutical care
Although not specific to geriatrics, this classic article by Hepler and Strand introduced and defined “pharmaceutical care” and described the eight types of medication-related problems.
Hepler CD, Strand LM. Opportunities and responsibilities in pharmaceutical care. Am J Hosp Pharm 1990;47:533-543.

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Ten key articles in geriatric pharmacotherapy
This document provides an overview of ten key articles (PDF) that would be useful for any geriatric clinician.

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