Drugs are the mainstay of therapy for several chronic diseases that afflict the elderly population (
1.). Nursing home residents consume an average of eight drugs (
- Roe DA
in: 3rd ed. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ1992: 182-207
2.). If patients are transferred to an acute-care facility, the average number of medications given to them increases to 10 per day (
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- Ouslander JG
- Rollingher I
- Reuben DB
- Brooks J
- Beck JC
Explicit criteria for determining inappropriate medication use in nursing home residents.
Arch Intern Med. 1991; 151: 1825-1832
3.). This situation results in an increased likelihood of inappropriate or excessive use of drugs and an increased exposure to drug-related toxicities (
- Jones JK
Drugs and the elderly.
in: Reichel W Clinical Aspects of Aging. William & Wilkins, Baltimore, Md1989: 41-60
- Blumberg JB
- Suter P
Pharmacology, nutrition and the elderly.
in: Geriatric Nutrition: The Health Professionals Handbook. Aspen Publishers, Gaithersburg, Md1991: 337-361
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