Our study emphasised the high percentage of preventable risk factors in ADEs related to hospital admissions in the elderly. Our results confirmed the role of DDIs and excess doses of drugs as preventable risk factors. They also demonstrated that chronic interfering diseases must be taken into account before prescribing a new drug. Finally, the increasing use of drug monitoring in elderly patients, continued over a long period to include the occurrence of an interfering acute disease, may hopefully decrease the prevalence of ADEs.
Prof. J. Doucet, Service de Medecin Geriatrique, CHU Rouen, 76031 Rouen Cedex, France. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clin Drug Invest. 2002;22(6) © 2002 Adis Data Information BV
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