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Benefit of a Collaborative Approach to Improve the Quality of Medicines Use in Elderly Inpatients

2014-07-23 21:46:28 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of a collaborative approach (geriatric care involving the collaboration with a clinical pharmacist) to optimize the prescription of medicines for elderly inpatients.

Description

Widespread evidence reveals frequent inadequate use of medicines in elderly patients. This includes inappropriate prescribing (overuse, underuse, misuse) that can lead to adverse drug events and drug-related admissions to hospital. In addition, when a patient is transferred from acute care settings to ambulatory care settings, discrepancies in medicines used often occur and can be hazardous.

Despite this, only limited data exist on the effectiveness of optimization strategies targeted at frail elderly inpatients.

Comparison: elderly inpatients receiving geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) care versus elderly inpatients receiving pharmaceutical care in addition to GEM care.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training

Conditions

Frail Elderly Inpatient

Intervention

Pharmaceutical care

Location

Université catholique de Louvain
Brussels
Belgium
1200

Status

Completed

Source

Université Catholique de Louvain

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:46:28-0400

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