Potentially inappropriate prescribing in older patients discharged from acute care hospitals to residential aged care facilities.
Poudel A, Peel NM, Nissen L, Mitchell C, Gray LC, Hubbard RE. Ann Pharmacother. 2014;48:1425-1433.
This study found that about half of patients aged 70 and older who were discharged from the hospital to a long-term care facility were prescribed a medication deemed to be high risk according to Beers criteria. Despite clear evidence that geriatric patients experience high rates of adverse drug events, inappropriate prescribing remains common and concerning.
Prescribing discrepancies likely to cause adverse drug events after patient transfer.
Boockvar KS, Liu S, Goldstein N, Nebeker J, Siu A, Fried T. Qual Saf Health Care. 2009;18:32-36.
Medication discrepancies upon hospital to skilled nursing facility transitions.
Tjia J, Bonner A, Briesacher BA, McGee S, Terrill E, Miller K. J Gen Intern Med. 2009;24:630-635.
Prevalence of error-prone abbreviations used in medication prescribing for hospitalised patients: multi-hospital evaluation.
Dooley MJ, Wiseman M, Gu G. Intern Med J. 2012;42:e19-e22.
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