Polypharmacy – we make it worse! A cross-sectional study from an acute admissions unit
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 208–211, February 2012
How to Cite
Betteridge, T. M., Frampton, C. M. and Jardine, D. L. (2012), Polypharmacy – we make it worse! A cross-sectional study from an acute admissions unit. Internal Medicine Journal, 42: 208–211. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02690.x
Conflict of interest: None.
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2012
- Received 22 August 2010; accepted 16 January 2011.
- adverse drug reaction;
- inappropriate prescribing
Although polypharmacy is a major problem in the elderly, very few data have been published from Australasia. We retrospectively audited 68% of elderly patients admitted acutely to our medical unit (n= 424, mean age 80.3 ± 8 years) during a 30-day period (September, 2008). We found that long-term medications increased during hospital stay from 6.6 ± 4 to 7.7 ± 4 (P < 0.001). Adverse drug reactions were responsible for 24 admissions (5.7%). Polypharmacy is made worse by acute admission to hospital.