How to manage drug use in older adults with atrial fibrillation


About the research

More than half of the older population has to take at least five medicines a day. This is often the case in people suffering from atrial fibrillation, a condition causing the heart to beat super-fast and irregularly. Having to take so many medicines can lead to mistakes, increasing the risk of falls, hospitalisation, or even death. The key to solving this is medication optimisation, which involves checking 1) whether all medicines are really needed, 2) whether medicines are missing to treat certain conditions, and 3) whether some medicines taken by the patient interact badly. Doctors just don't have the time to do this for every patient. That is why Cheima Amrouch (UGent) is working on a different approach.

Cheima Amrouch

Fueled by a healthy dose of curiosity, a love for learning and a passion for all things science, Cheima Amrouch has become a biomedical scientist. Her current interest and PhD research at Ghent University focuses on assessing the quality of prescribing of medications, in older adults who take multiple medications and have a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, along with other chronic diseases. Through this work, she aims to contribute to improving healthcare for our respected older population.

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