Polypharmacy in the Elderly

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About the Course

Polypharmacy - the concurrent use of multiple medications by the patient – can be quite common in the elderly who may suffer from several conditions. Understanding its impact and the tools you could adopt to reduce polypharmacy will help you provide better care for the elderly. Now deepen your understanding in this field through this easy-to-learn microlearning module!

Why is this course for you?

This microlearning course (MLC) will enable you to appreciate the importance of polypharmacy prevention in the elderly. You will be introduced to tools to guide you in prescribing medication for the elderly to maximize patient safety.

In this MLC, you will:

  • Learn what is considered as polypharmacy
  • Understand the impact of polypharmacy on the elderly
  • Know the effects of age on pharmacokinetic
  • Explore tools used to reduce polypharmacy when prescribing
  • Study the principles of prescribing for the elderly



Course Curator

School of Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Established since 2005, the School of Health Sciences prides itself on grooming healthcare talents who are well regarded for their professional competency and recognised for their care for patients. The School has also maintained close links with both public and private healthcare providers to serve the needs of the community.