Residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are often exposed to polypharmacy. There is a possible association between polypharmacy and falls, hospitalizations, and mortality. Polypharmacy definition ranges between the use of more than 2 to 11 medications. The definition “9 or more regular medications” is the most common in LTCFs. Lack of a standard definition limits comparison of polypharmacy rates and adverse events. This study investigated evidence for an optimal cut-point to define polypharmacy in LTCFs to predict falls, hospitalizations, and mortality.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of the American Medical Directors Association|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2021|