Journal article

Inappropriate medication use in hospitalised oldest old patients across transitions of care

Elizabeth Manias, Andrea Maier, Gopika Krishnamurthy

Aging Clinical and Experimental Research | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Oldest old patients aged 85 years and over are at risk of experiencing potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs) across transitions of care. Geriatricians also face enormous challenges in prescribing medications for these patients. METHODS: A mixed-methods, sequential explanatory design was undertaken of electronic medical records and semi-structured interviews with geriatricians at a public teaching hospital. Data were collected at four time points using the Screening Tool of Older Persons' potentially inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) and Screening Tool to Alert doctors to the Right Treatment (START). RESULTS: Of 249 patients, the..

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