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Appropriateness of use of medicines in elderly inpatients: qualitative study.

Spinewine A, Swine C, Dhillon S, et al. BMJ. 2005;331.

The investigators studied five acute care wards in Belgium to explore factors contributing to inappropriate medication use in elderly patients. They determined that focus on short-term treatment, passive attitudes toward learning, and physician-patient relationships affected prescribing activity.