Prevalence, Clinical Features and Avoidability of Adverse Drug Reactions as Cause of Admission to a Geriatric Unit: A Prospective Study of 1756 Patients

Franceschi, Marilisa; Scarcelli, Carlo; Niro, Valeria; Seripa, Davide; Pazienza, Anna Maria; Pepe, Giovanni; Colusso, Anna Maria; Pacilli, Luigi; Pilotto, Alberto
April 2008
Drug Safety;2008, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p545
Academic Journal
This article discusses the prevalence of reactions to drug side effects as a reason for admission to a geriatric care unit. The researchers investigated the records of patients admitted to the Geriatric Unit at the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital in Italy for adverse drug reactions (ADR). ADRs were verified according to the World Health Organization adverse reaction terminology system. The study analyzed these statistics in terms of the likelihood of ADR as a causer of admission and the avoidability of that reaction. The researchers concluded that the number of avoidable ADRs in nursing homes is greater than those among patients living at home.


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