INCIDENCE OF POLYPHARMACY AND ASSOCIATED RISK IN PHARMOCOTHERAPY OF GERIATRIC PATIENTS

INCIDENCE OF POLYPHARMACY AND ASSOCIATED RISK IN PHARMOCOTHERAPY OF GERIATRIC PATIENTS
Today very often more medications at the same time are prescribed, which leads to polypharmacy. Polypharmacy is one of the topics today, especially for geriatric patients after the age of 65, reduces the quality of life and increase the adverse clinical effects that  can contribute to disease and mortality. It is recommended to use the BEERS criteria for optimization of pharmacotherapy in geriatric patients. These criteria help to eliminate undesirable side effects by optimizing drug therapy in geriatric patients.
The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of medications from Beers criteria during geriatric prescriptions. Tasks were (1) to find out the frequency of polypharmacy among geriatric patients, (2) to collect and analyze situations with the use of potentially non-recommended medication in accordance with Beers criteria recommendations.
The retrospective quantitative study was perfo...

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