A Field Study: Partnering with Pharmacists to Develop a Tool for Evaluating Misuse of Over-the-Counter Medications among Older Adults in the Community Pharmacy
Event Type
Health Care
TimeFriday, October 14th9:45am - 10:00am EDT
DescriptionSafe over the counter (OTC) medication use by older adults (OAs, aged 65+) is difficult to achieve be-cause of age-related physiologic complexities, and millions of OAs in the US who are at risk of experi-encing a major adverse drug event linked to an OTC medication. Our interdisciplinary team studies how we can improve OTC safety in OAs by developing human factors-based, community pharmacy interventions. Testing the effectiveness of our interventions on improving OTC safety necessitated the development of a framework that captures the ways OTC medication misuse can occur and designing and implementing a tool that can be used to evaluate for potential misuse, which can be used by re-searchers and healthcare professionals to understand misuse in OAs. This paper shares the results of our efforts and discusses the implications of our work for other HF practitioners that may be interested applying our approach to their research.