Economic evaluation of pharmacist-led medication reviews in residential aged care facilities

Syed Shahzad Hasan, Kaeshaelya Thiruchelvam, Chia Siang Kow, Muhammad Usman Ghori, Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar

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Abstract

Introduction: Medication reviews is a widely accepted approach known to have a substantial impact on patients’ pharmacotherapy and safety. Numerous options to optimise pharmacotherapy in older people have been reported in literature and they include medication reviews, computerised decision support systems, management teams, and educational approaches. Pharmacist-led medication reviews are increasingly being conducted, aimed at attaining patient safety and medication optimisation. Cost effectiveness is an essential aspect of a medication review evaluation.

Areas covered: A systematic searching of articles that examined the cost-effectiveness of medication reviews conducted in aged care facilities was performed using the relevant databases. Pharmacist-led medication reviews confer many benefits such as attainment of biomarker targets for improved clinical outcomes, and other clinical parameters, as well as depict concrete financial advantages in terms of decrement in total medication costs and associated cost savings.

Expert commentary: The cost-effectiveness of medication reviews are more consequential than ever before. A critical evaluation of pharmacist-led medication reviews in residential aged care facilities from an economical aspect is crucial in determining if the time, effort, and direct and indirect costs involved in the review rationalise the significance of conducting medication reviews for older people in aged care facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-439
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Volume17
Issue number5
Early online date1 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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