Older person’s health

Polypharmacy Update

This report provides prescribers with details about patients...

July 2016

Age-related macular degeneration – what should a General Practitioner know?

Age-related macular degeneration is a progressive condition...

September 2015

Research Update: Testosterone use and cardiovascular risk in older males

In the previous edition of Best Practice Journal, we covered...

September 2015

Prescribing testosterone in ageing males: why you shouldn’t read this article

Testosterone supplementation may be an appropriate treatment...

August 2015

“Steady as she goes”: helping older people Stay Independent

This month we release a range of resources aimed at falls prevention...

August 2015

A pragmatic guide to asymptomatic bacteriuria and testing for urinary tract infections (UTIs) in people aged over 65 years

Asymptomatic bacteriuria and urinary tract infections (UTIs)...

July 2015

Prevention is better than cure: five tips for keeping older people healthy and out of hospital during winter

With winter upon us it is a timely reminder of the importance...

June 2015

Stand up to falls - April Falls month and the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s reducing harm from falls campaign

Contributed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission

April 2015

The Year in Review - What did we learn in 2014?

In 2014 we published over 60 medical education articles in Best...

February 2015

Medicine updates

Two newly funded medicines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary...

December 2014

Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy is a marker of potential problematic prescribing....

November 2014

Polypharmacy in primary care: Managing a clinical conundrum

Polypharmacy can be appropriate and beneficial for patients....

October 2014

“Seventh age itch”: Preventing and managing dry skin in older people

As skin ages, increased transepidermal water loss leads to dry...

September 2014

Vulvovaginal health in post-menopausal women

Age-related changes in women can result in an increased occurrence...

September 2014

The diagnosis and management of herpes zoster and its complications

Herpes zoster (shingles) is a self-limiting condition caused...

March 2014

Upfront: Responding to the challenge of falls in older people

Contributed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission

March 2014

The management of Parkinson’s disease: Which treatments to start and when?

The treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease usually involves...

February 2014

Managing patients with dementia: What is the role of antipsychotics?

Concerns have been raised, both in New Zealand and internationally,...

December 2013

Giant cell arteritis: Always keep it in your head

Giant cell arteritis, also referred to as temporal arteritis,...

June 2013

Polypharmacy in people aged over 75 years

This report focuses on continuous polypharmacy, which is the...

October 2012

Managing medicines in older people

It is increasingly recognised that health care for older people...

October 2012

Monitoring diabetes in people over 75

In the March 2012 issue of Best Tests, bpacnz published an article...

July 2012

Age-related testosterone decline in males

Testosterone levels naturally decline with age in males. Some...

June 2012

Testing for CVD, diabetes and renal disease in elderly people

Consideration of laboratory testing and interpretation of subsequent...

March 2012

A primary care approach to sodium and potassium imbalance

Interpreting and managing a laboratory result of abnormal sodium...

September 2011

Treatment for the dying patient: The Liverpool Care pathway

The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is used to manage care in the...

June 2011

Vitamin D supplementation: Navigating the debate

Despite the increasing focus on vitamin D levels and claimed...

June 2011

Strategies to improve nutrition in elderly people

The incidence and impact of malnutrition in older people is...

May 2011

Prescription Kitchen videos

Links to video files of the TV show broadcast on Sky channel...

May 2011

The warfarin dilemma

Evidence suggests that warfarin is under utilised in older people....

October 2010

The pharmacological management of Alzheimer’s disease: The place of donepezil

From November 1, 2010 donepezil will be funded without Special...

August 2010

Snippets: Dextropropoxyphene & Donepezil

Donepezil to be funded on pharmaceutical schedule | Dextropropoxyphene...

July 2010

A practical guide to stopping medicines in older people

The majority of older people who require drug therapy take multiple...

April 2010

Upfront: When is enough enough? Stopping medicines in older people

In New Zealand, it is estimated that 30% of people aged over...

April 2010

Stop Falls: Medicines and the risk of falls in older people

This web version is a sample only, all data below the national...

March 2010

Antipsychotics in people with dementia: an update

The Antipsychotics in Dementia (A4D) programme was launched...

March 2010

Driving rules and assessment for older people

The incidence of medical conditions that can affect safe driving...

March 2010

Falls in older people: causes and prevention

Approximately one-third of New Zealander’s aged over 65...

March 2010

Secondary stroke prevention

People who have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack are...

March 2010

Having a senior moment?

Differentiating normal age-related memory loss from early onset...

September 2009

Antipsychotics for dementia

Notification and details of an educational programme on the...

August 2008

Strategies to improve nutrition in elderly people

Many older people suffer from the “anorexia of ageing”....

August 2008

Antioxidants and ageing: harmless placebo or dangerous to your health?

A new study suggests that taking antioxidant supplements, especially...

June 2008

Dilemmas: Alternative remedies and lifestyle measures for longevity

The development and marketing of anti-ageing products is a multi-million...

February 2008

Dilemmas: Managing cardiovascular risk in elderly people

Older people have a higher cardiovascular risk and therefore...

February 2008

Dilemmas: Depression in elderly people

Depression in elderly people can be a significant cause of disability...

February 2008

Dilemmas: Exploring the everyday experiences of older Māori and their medication

When prescribing for older Māori people, it is important...

February 2008

Dilemmas: Recognition and treatment of pain in elderly people

Chronic pain is common in elderly people, however it is often...

February 2008

Dilemmas: Principles of prescribing for elderly people

Several key principles should be considered when prescribing...

February 2008

Upfront: Impacts of an ageing population on New Zealand society

A Māori perspective on impacts on New Zealand society of...

February 2008

Dilemmas: Why is it difficult

Prescribing for elderly people is difficult because the risks...

February 2008

Upfront: The manner of our Dying

Preventive health care aims to prevent premature deaths and...

October 2007

Parkinson's disease

Covers diagnosis and management of Parkinson's disease

August 2007

Practice Debate: antipsychotics in the treatment of dementia

This article covers the role and safety concerns of antipsychotics...

February 2007

Vitamin D Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis...

January 2007

Polypharmacy at the Primary-Secondary interface

Polypharmacy due to multiple physician involvement in patient...

October 2006

Polypharmacy

We have defined polypharmacy as the addition of one or more...

May 2006

Nocturnal leg cramps: is there any relief?

Nocturnal leg cramps are common, particularly in older people...

December 2012

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