Title

Use of Medicines Among a Brazilian Elderly Sample: A Cross-sectional Study

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

6-2011

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Journal of Gerontology

DOI of Published Version

10.1016/j.ijge.2011.04.013

Abstract

Summary

Background

The use of multiple medicines is very frequent among the elderly, allowing them to perceive more often adverse side effects from drugs and present undesirable drug interactions.

Methods

This article presents a cross-sectional survey about the use of medicines among 300 elderly Brazilians, equally divided into institutionalized and community-dwelling groups.

Results

The average daily intake of medicines is 3.2 among institutionalized elderly, a higher (p

Conclusion

In this Brazilian elderly sample, the most widely used medicines were antihypertensives, diuretics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and institutionalized used more medications than community-dwelling elderly.

Keywords

adverse drug reactions, elderly, institutionalized elderly, medicines

Published Article/Book Citation

International Journal of Gerontology, Vol. 5, Iss. 2, June 2011, Pages 94–97 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijge.2011.04.013

Rights

Copyright © 2011, Taiwan Society of Geriatric Emergency & Critical Care Medicine. Published by Elsevier Taiwan LLC. All rights reserved.

 

URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/dentistry-preventive_pubs/4