Results of chart reviews conducted to evaluate primary care patients seen by second and third year family medicine residents for potential adverse polypharmacy

Linda F. Chang, May N. Lutfiyya, Isaac Cha, Ehab El-Khabiry

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the prescribing patterns of family medicine residents for patients aged more than 60 years with 2 or more chronic diseases and seen at least twice in a 12 month timeframe. Methods: This is a descriptive analysis which was based on chart reviews. The setting was the University of Illinois-Rockford Family Practice Residency. Patients aged 60 years with 2 or more chronic diseases who were seen at least twice by second and third year residents. Results: Findings from this chart review include: 28.8% of the prescribed madications were not effective for the documented condition, 26.3% of the prescribed doses were incorrect, and 44.5% of the drugs prescribed were not the least expensive alternative. Discussion: This preliminary study suggests a need for a focused intervention with family medicine residents regarding inappropriate polypharmacy issues with older patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-88
Number of pages4
JournalPharmacy Practice
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Drug utilization review
  • Polypharmacy
  • United States

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