Polypharmacy in older patients presenting to a tertiary regional health service: identifying correlations between demographics, presentations and length of stay

Robinson, Michael, Vangaveti, Venkat, Mokrzecki, Sophie, and Mallett, Andrew J. (2023) Polypharmacy in older patients presenting to a tertiary regional health service: identifying correlations between demographics, presentations and length of stay. Internal Medicine Journal, 53 (12). pp. 2336-2340.

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Abstract

This study aimed to describe hospital admissions in patients experiencing polypharmacy and evaluate the effects of demographic factors on length of stay (LOS) and polypharmacy. We found that increasing age is associated with increasing polypharmacy rates but decreasing LOS. Females were more likely to experience higher rates of polypharmacy, but males were more likely to have longer LOS. First Nations peoples had higher rates of polypharmacy and longer LOS. Future projects investigating deprescribing methods are critical.

Item ID: 81498
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1445-5994
Keywords: inpatients, length of stay, older adults, polypharmacy, retrospective study
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Royal Australasian College of Physicians. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2024 00:12
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3214 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences > 321499 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences not elsewhere classified @ 20%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320210 Geriatrics and gerontology @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200502 Health related to ageing @ 100%
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