Adverse Drug Reactions in the Elderly

Can We Stem the Tide?

Shari J. Lynn

Disclosures

Am Nurs Journal. 2012;7(1) 

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Beers Criteria

Developed by an expert consensus panel, the Beers criteria is a list of potentially inappropriate medications for the elderly. The criteria have been revised several times to remain current. Using the Beers criteria, the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that 20% of 2,455 community-dwelling elderly persons in the United States were using at least one inappropriate drug. The survey data found even higher risks of hospitalization and death from inappropriately prescribed drugs among nursing home patients.

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