Medication use and potentially inappropriate medications in those with limited prognosis living in residential aged care

Claire Patricia Heppenstall, Joanna B. Broad, Michal Boyd, Joanna Hikaka, Xian Zhang, Julia Kennedy, Martin J. Connolly

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Abstract

Methods
Firstly, a cross‐sectional survey of 6196 people living in RAC in Auckland. Secondly, a research physician searched electronic hospital records in one District Health Board for a sub‐sample (n = 222) of these residents. Classes of medications and dates of death were obtained from the Ministry of Health databases. Those who died versus those alive at 12 months were compared.
Results
Over half of the 6196 participants received antihypertensives and/or antiplatelet agents. Cardiovascular preventative medications were significantly more common in those who died within 12 months. Seventy percent in high‐level care received psychotropics. PIMs were commonly used.
Conclusions
Use of preventative medications is common in RAC, especially during the last year of life. Psychotropics are very commonly used, despite being potentially inappropriate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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