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Journal Article

Potentially inappropriate prescribing in older patients discharged from acute care hospitals to residential aged care facilities.

Poudel A, Peel NM, Nissen L, et al. The Annals of pharmacotherapy. 2014;48:1425-33.

This study found that about half of patients aged 70 and older who were discharged from the hospital to a long-term care facility were prescribed a medication deemed to be high risk according to Beers criteria. Despite clear evidence that geriatric patients experience high rates of adverse drug events, inappropriate prescribing remains common and concerning.