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Polypharmacy--we make it worse! A cross-sectional study from an acute admissions unit.

Authors
  • Betteridge, T M1
  • Frampton, C M
  • Jardine, D L
  • 1 Department of General Medicine, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand. , (New Zealand)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Internal medicine journal
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2012
Volume
42
Issue
2
Pages
208–211
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02690.x
PMID: 22356496
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although polypharmacy is a major problem in the elderly, very few data have been published from Australasia. We retrospectively audited 68% of elderly patients admitted acutely to our medical unit (n= 424, mean age 80.3 ± 8 years) during a 30-day period (September, 2008). We found that long-term medications increased during hospital stay from 6.6 ± 4 to 7.7 ± 4 (P < 0.001). Adverse drug reactions were responsible for 24 admissions (5.7%). Polypharmacy is made worse by acute admission to hospital.

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