Drug-related harms in hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries: results from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2000–2008.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Prior studies have shown that older patients are particularly vulnerable to medication errors. This cohort study documents a marked increase in both hospitalizations due to adverse drug events and in Medicare patients between 2000 and 2008. During that time frame, the incidence of in-hospital adverse drug events and the severity of harm experienced by patients rose as well.