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Talebi Taher M, Javad Moosavi S A, Taherian S, Barati M. Surveying the Inappropriate Drug Adminstrution using Beers Criteria in Elderly Patients at the Internal Medicine Ward of Rasoul-E-Akram Hospital of Tehran in 2012. amuj. 2014; 17 (2) :33-39
URL: http://amuj.arakmu.ac.ir/article-1-2697-en.html

Associate Professor, Department of Hepatitis and AIDS, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran , mtalebitaher2000@yahoo.com
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Background: Use of inappropriate drugs in the elderly is a major health care concern. It is likely to increase adverse drug reactions and induce a substantial increase in health care costs. The aim of study was to evaluate inappropriate drug use in the elderly.

Materials and  Methods: In this cross-sectional study, collecting data were collected from patient’s file for 260 patients aged 60 years who were admitted to Rasoul-e-Akram Hospital in 2012. Potentially inappropriate medications were identified based on the 2012 Beers criteria.

Results: The mean age of the patients was 75±8.3 years. Overall, 58(22.3%) of the patients were treated with potentially inappropriate medications. The most common inappropriately prescribed medications were benzodiazepines, pethidine, and TCAs.

Conclusion: To improve prescription quality in elderly patients in Iran, preparing a scientific criterion or guideline is necessary.

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Type of Study: Original Atricle | Subject: General
Received: 2013/12/14 | Accepted: 2014/03/5 | Published: 2014/04/20

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