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Introduction: The increasingnumber of elderly, and drug use among the elderly, emphasizes the need forcontinuous monitoring of drug utilization. Chronic diseases are frequent amongthe older population; the rate of drug related problems and drug-drug interactions DDIs with themedical and financial consequences are enormous. Polypharmacy PP is definedas the concomitant use of 5 or more medications. We studied PP among chronicelderly patients in Gaza Strip and its distri- butionamong primary health care clinics in different areas. Materials and Methods:This study is a descriptive analytical study, analyzing prescription data fromgeneral practices during a 3-month time period, to measure the prevalence of PPand medication errors among chronic elderly pa- tients.Data were collected directly from the prescriptions and medical records, which containper- sonal data for patients likepatient age and gender, included the current illness, drug treatment for thecurrent illness, chronic disease-s and drug treatment for chronic disease-s.SPSS software was used to analyze the obtained data. Results: Percent of majorPP was the highest among patients aged 60 - 69 years when compared with other ages categories of study population but notreached to be statisticaly significant 0.012. Major PP was higherin female patients than that in male patients but difference wasn’tstatistically significant 0.5. The average number of drug per prescriptionwas 3.4 drug; and the minimum value per prescription was 1 meanwhile maximumvalue was 9 SD



Autor: Mahmoud Taleb, Abed Al-Kareem Abed, Abedel Rahman Dahudi, Ahmed Najim, Adham Ahmed

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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