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Potentially inappropriate medication prescribed to elderly outpatients at a general medicine unit

Christine Grützmann Faustino, Milton de Arruda Martins, Wilson Jacob Filho

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082011AO1844

ABSTRACT Objective: To establish the prevalence of potentially inappropriate medications prescribed for elderly patients, to identify the most commonly involved drugs, and to investigate whether age, sex and number of medications were related with the prescription of these drugs. Methods: Prescriptions for 1,800 elderly patients (≥ 60 years) were gathered from a database. These prescriptions were written by general physicians at a tertiary level university hospital in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, from February to May 2008. Only one […]