Are high-care nursing home residents at greater risk of unplanned hospital admission than other elderly patients when exposed to Beers potentially inappropriate medications?
Sylvie D Price, C D'Arcy J Holman, Frank M Sanfilippo, Jon D Emery
GERIATRICS & GERONTOLOGY INTERNATIONAL | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2014
AIM: To compare the risk of unplanned hospitalization in high-care nursing home residents taking Beers potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) against that of other elderly. METHODS: Using an enhanced case-time-control design and conditional logistic regression applied to the pharmaceutical claims and other linked data of 245436 Western Australians aged ≥ 65 years (1993-2005), the study derived odds ratios for unplanned hospitalization in each group, from which attributable fractions, numbers, proportions and rates of PIM-related admissions were derived. RESULTS: Overall, 383150 unplanned hospitalizations were identified. PIM exposure was associated with a similar proportional increase i..View full abstract
We thank the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council for funding the research; the Western Australian Department of Health (DoH) and Australian Department of Health and Ageing for supplying the project data; and the Data Linkage Branch (DoH) for undertaking the record linkage.