Identify and manage adverse drug reactions to promote medication adherence and safety


Jodie Coulson Lecturer in Drug Prescribing and Optimization, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Heslington, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn more about how different types of adverse drug reactions occur

  • To improve your understanding of how to identify and manage adverse drug reactions

  • Consider how you could support medication adherence and patient safety

Unpleasant side effects or adverse drug reactions (ADRs) caused by medications can have significant effects on people’s quality of life and treatment outcomes. Knowing how adverse effects arise allows nurses who prescribe and/or administer medications to identify and manage them effectively, which can improve the patient experience and increase compliance. This article describes types of adverse effects and explains how nurses can reduce medication-related harm by following the principles of medication optimization, performing regular medication reviews, and communicating openly with patients about their medications.

Nursing standard.
do I: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11829

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Coulson J (2022) Identifying and managing adverse drug reactions to promote medication adherence and safety. Nursing standard. doi:10.7748/ns.2022.e11829

Online: May 23, 2022

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