Inappropriate Drug Prescribing in Home-Dwelling, Elderly Patients

Our findings show that the use of these contraindicated drugs is common, especially the use of ␤-blockers in conjunction with diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and peripheral vascular disease

Kaisu H. Pitkala

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • In 1997, a US expert panel developed explicit criteria on potentially inappropriate drugs for the general elderly population
  • Use of certain drugs considered inappropriate with different medical conditions was relatively high
  • ULTIPLE DRUG use is common in elderly patients because of an increase in the number of medical conditions as one ages
  • Multiple drug use increases the risk of drug interaction, adverse outcomes, and noncompliance as well as increasing the cost of care
  • Polypharmacy and use of inappropriate drugs are associated with age, multiple diseases, recent hospitalization, female sex, depression, and the number of physicians prescribing drugs to elderly patients
  • Iatrogenic syndromes associated with inappropriate drug use have accounted for a large number of hospital admissions in elderly patients

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