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Gaceta Sanitaria

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RIVAS-COBAS, Paula Carlota et al. Characteristics of potentially inappropriate prescribing of drugs in elderly polypathological patients. Gac Sanit [online]. 2017, vol.31, n.4, pp.327-331. ISSN 0213-9111.


To analyse potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in elderly polypathological patients (PP).


Multicentre observational, prospective study of 672 patients aged 75 years and older hospitalised in Internal Medicine between April 2011 and March 2012. The Beers, STOPP-START and ACOVE criteria were used to detect potentially inappropriate prescribing and the results of PP and non-PP patients were compared.


Of the 672 patients included, 419 (62%) were polypathological, of which 89.3% met PIP criteria versus 79.4% of non-polypathological patients (p <0.01). 40.3% of polypathological patients met at least one Beers criteria, 62.8% at least one STOPP criteria, 62.3% at least one START criteria and 65.6% at least one ACOVE criteria. The rate of potentially inappropriate prescribing was higher in polypathological patients regardless of the tool used.


Given the high rate of potentially inappropriate prescribing in polypathological patients, strategies to improve prescribing adequacy must be developed.

Keywords : Polypathology; Potentially inappropriate prescribing; Inappropriate prescription; Adequacy; Multimorbidity; Elderly; Polypharmacy.

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