Those providing home health care know the importance of monitoring their patients' medications. However, sometimes it's the doctors that need to be closely watched.
According to recent findings from Dedan Opondo of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the rate of inappropriate prescriptions for the elderly is 20.5 percent. The research, which was found by using data from 19 different studies, indicates the medications with the highest misuse are the antihistamine diphenhydramine, the pain medication propoxyphene and antidepressant amitriptyline.
ABC News highlights some of the dangers of misuse in medication. In some cases, the elderly patient sees multiple doctors and is therefore assigned a bunch of different drugs, which can often lead to misuse and ultimately cause other issues.
"By some estimates, approximately 30 percent of hospital admissions of elderly patients are related to medication toxic effects," Dr. Barbara Paris the director of the division of geriatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, told the news provider.
The news source also points to figures from the Institute of Medicine, which suggests that the cost of medication-related problems in seniors is in the billions.
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