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Seniors Housing & Care Journal

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Aging population, Older people -- Services for, Community health services for older people


Using data from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, this study estimated the percentage of U.S. residential care communities (RCCs) offering selected medication management services (MMS) and examined differences in prevalence by community characteristics. The most common services were central storage for medications and cueing residents, while the least common were administering injections and intravenous medications. Medication reminders, helping residents take medications, and administering drops/topical ointments and injections varied by RCC characteristics. Characteristics most commonly associated with these differences are size, purposefully built status, nursing hours, and availability of a physician or pharmacist to review medication appropriateness. Understanding these MMS variations may benefit clinicians’ efforts to achieve medication adherence among RCC patients, and inform policy makers, RCC providers, and consumers.


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Originally published in Seniors Housing & Care Journal Volume 22 Number 1, 2014 and can be found online at:

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