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Quality Use of Medicines

  • Describes the meaning of QUM (Quality use of medicines)
  • Prompts caregivers to focus upon the individual needs of the patient rather than their 'worldview'
  • Provides suggestions for achieving proper practice and administration of medication

The use of medicines to treat and prevent disease has enhanced the health and well-being of people throughout the world. This chapter focuses on the meaning of the term 'quality use of medicines' (QUM) in the care of people with dementia. It explores some of the factors that influence clinical decision-making and some of the challenges to QUM. Real-life examples from residential aged care are used to highlight what is actually happening in some aged-care facilities and how nurses can play a crucial role in influencing QUM.

Contents include

  • The meaning of QUM
    • Judicious selection of management options
    • Selection of the most appropriate medicine
    • Safe and effective use of medicines
  • Interests affecting clinical decision-making
    • Science and medicine affecting decision-making
    • Benevolence affecting decision-making
    • Medication administration affecting decision-making
    • Economic rationalism affecting decision-making
    • Organisational factors influencing quality use of medicines
  • Towards best practice
    • Collaborative decision-making processes
    • Nurses enabling QUM
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Author / Editor Biographies

RN and PhD.
Dr Jill Beattie is a senior research fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness consultant in her performance enhancement consultancy, providing education and consultancy services for organisations and groups, including health services staff, pregnant women, and partners of defence force personnel. Individual services are also provided for people with stress, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Jill has a background and qualifications in nursing, midwifery, education, management, research, and clinical practice. In addition to mindfulness-based exper...

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