Navigation Links
Doctors must exercise caution while prescribing medicines to elders

A study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center has shown that Doctors have a tendency to under prescribe or over prescribe medications for elders. //Nearly 40 percent of patients who took part in the study were consuming at least one unsuitable medication along with other medications, according to lead author Michael Steinman, MD, a staff physician at SFVAMC.

"It's not just a question of, 'are you taking too much or too little'," says Steinman, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). "Physicians need to look at both sides of the equation, and be attentive to different kinds of prescribing problems that potentially coexist within the same patient."

The study appears in the October 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The researchers observed 196 outpatients – 194 of them male – aged 65 or older who were taking five or more prescribed medications and receiving care at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A pharmacist analyzed each patient's medical record and medication list for potential problems.

Sixty-five percent of patients were taking a drug that was ineffective, not indicated, duplicative of another medication, or considered generally inappropriate for older persons. Sixty-four percent were not taking a drug that would have been appropriate for a medical condition they had. Together, 42 percent were simultaneously taking an inappropriate drug and not taking an appropriate drug. Only 13 percent were taking all drugs appropriate for their conditions and not taking inappropriate drugs, according to the pharmacist's analysis.

Overall, note the study authors, "inappropriate medication use rose rapidly as the total number of drugs taken by a patient increased," while under-use of medications was "common and constant at all levels of medication use," with an average of one under-used medication per patient.

"Perhaps in patients taking relatively few medications, we should focus more on what other drugs might be beneficial. In patients taking many medications, we need to be vigilant about drugs that are underused as well as drug that are overused," concludes Steinman.



Source-Eurekalert
SA
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy
2. Doctors needed urgently in Gujarat
3. Doctors operate upon patients in candlelight- latest from the quake scene
4. Doctors at risk- the ugly side of the noble profession
5. Doctors advice early anemia tests
6. Emphasis to ban Drugs ads by Doctors
7. Doctors not to accept gifts from drug companies
8. Gene testing kit specific for Doctors
9. Doctors warned of fluoride toxicity
10. Doctors decisions are affected by fear of lawsuits- says a study
11. Bihar High Court Intervenes To End Doctors Strike
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 2016 , ... World Patent Marketing , a vertically ... invention that aids in the improvement of the grip and swing of a ... says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. "Favorable demand ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... provide the playing surface for the 2016 NCAA Men’s National Collegiate ... for the men’s volleyball championship to be held May 5-7 at Pennsylvania State ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 ... ... largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the ... services – is set to return to the esteemed Quaker Ridge Golf Club ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... , ... May 04, 2016 , ... Nike Rugby Camp's ... rugby in San Diego. Willis, founder of Elite Rugby Camps and current Nike Camp ... players every year since 2009. , “I’m excited for our eighth summer here ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Washington Wellness Center today announced its ... Jersey residents. What started out as an idea to provide a holistic approach ... to healthcare. , Developed by Dr. David Swanekamp, Chiropractic Physician , the wellness ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... YORK , May 3, 2016 ... (MRI) Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast ... Open), by Field Strength (High Field, Very High Field, ... Application (Brain, Head and Neck, Spine, Musculoskeletal, Vascular, Breast, ... the global magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) market was valued ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016  Forté Elements, LLC (Forté) is excited to announce the launch of ... the nutritional needs of recovery for a variety of clinical conditions. Founded in 2013, ... - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160502/362548 Logo -  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160502/362547LOGO ... ... ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... 2, 2016 Kalorama Information noted the 5 ... market in a recent white paper.  The healthcare market ... usage, a growing market are among the top drivers ... report EMR 2016: The Market for Electronic ... complete study of the EMR industry, and the report ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: