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      Prevalence of polypharmacy in a Scottish primary care population.

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          Abstract

          Polypharmacy-the use of multiple medications by a single patient-is an important issue associated with various adverse clinical outcomes and rising costs. It is also a topic rarely addressed by clinical guidelines. We used routine Scottish health records to address the lack of data on the prevalence of polypharmacy in the broader, adult primary care population, particularly in relation to long-term conditions.

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          Journal
          Eur. J. Clin. Pharmacol.
          European journal of clinical pharmacology
          1432-1041
          0031-6970
          May 2014
          : 70
          : 5
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0SR, UK, rap55@medschl.cam.ac.uk.
          Article
          10.1007/s00228-013-1639-9
          24487416

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