Journal reading

Medication management on sick days

Patients may be susceptible to adverse drug events during acute illness due to comorbidities or medicine use. 

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04C05D680C30E9E5 C616Af46Dc6B Medication Management 440

Acute illness should prompt careful monitoring or dose adjustment in patients prescribed certain medicines.

Tom N Lea-Henry, Jonathan Baird-Gunning, Elizabeth Petzel, Darren M Roberts Aust Prescr 2017;40:168-73




This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

1.6 Contribute to continuous improvement in quality and safety

3.1 Develop a patient-centred, culturally responsive approach to medication management

3.3 Monitor and evaluate medication management



This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Understand how acute illness can affect pharmacokinetics and lead to adverse drug events.
  2. Recognise when a patient may be at risk of an adverse drug event during acute illness.
  3. Identify which drugs may need dose adjusting during an acute illness.
  4. Recognise adverse drug events during an acute illness.
  5. Define when increased monitoring may be required.