Journal article

Medication Use and Fall-Related Hospital Admissions from Long-Term Care Facilities: A Hospital-Based Case-Control Study

Taliesin E Ryan-Atwood, Mieke Hutchinson-Kern, Jenni Ilomaki, Michael J Dooley, Susan G Poole, Carl M Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Manias, Biswadev Mitra, J Simon Bell

DRUGS & AGING | ADIS INT LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Falls are a leading cause of preventable hospitalizations from long-term care facilities (LTCFs). Polypharmacy and falls-risk medications are potentially modifiable risk factors for falling. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether polypharmacy and falls-risk medications are associated with fall-related hospital admissions from LTCFs compared with hospital admissions for other causes. METHODS: This was a hospital-based, case-control study of patients aged ≥65 years hospitalized from LTCFs. Cases were patients with falls and fall-related injuries, and controls were patients admitted for infections. Conditional logistic regression was used to calculate adjusted odds ratios (ORs) ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the Ageing and Aged Care Branch, Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, for commissioning and funding this research. Jenni Ilomaki was supported by a National Health and Medical Council Early Career Fellowship.